Would Somebody Please Educate These Kids?

I will admit to finding myself a bit agitated after receiving and answering the following question on Law Guru:

“Subject: how long is a minor on your record?
Body:
i got a minor consumption over 3 years ago is it still on my record?”

My answer is long, but to summarize it’s “probably forever.” I have received similar questions repeatedly, in my office, on the phone and on line. There seems to be a BIG FANTASY among our younger people that criminal offenses will just go away after a period of time. If it’s a non-driving offense for a person who is under 18, that could be true. Otherwise, every criminal violation a person has tends to follow them their entire life.

So if this person was over 18, which I consider very likely, it will still probably be there when he or she is 81. I just don’t get why I have to keep explaining this over and over, and it is almost always some kind of big surprise.

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