When your child turns 18, his or her juvenile criminal records will be sealed. So it may be that right now, you and your child are coping with their arrest and how it will affect them in the future, but know that when they turn 18, it will be a new chapter for them.
Juvenile records are sealed on the 18th birthday in order for the now-adult to venture into adulthood with promise. As a youth, an arrest can be a very frightening experience, especially for someone so young with so much of their life ahead of them. It can mentally bother them from time to time, but it will not prevent them from living a productive, full, happy life. Colleges, landlords, banks, employers, etc. will not see juvenile records when the time comes for them to do background checks. Of course, if this same juvenile, now an adult, gets arrested as an adult, then yes, these people can and will certainly see the arrest record.
So, parents, if you and your family are going through some tough times right now with your rebellious, somewhat troublesome teenager, we hope that this gives you a little relief, knowing this incident will essentially disappear when they turn 18 and become a legal adult.
Please note that youths cannot post bail, since they are released to their parents and legal guardians. Bail bonds are available for adult arrestees who are eligible for bail. If you happen to know someone who needs one, or if you are going to need one in the future, contact San Francisco Bail Bond Store.