The State Office of Defense Services, along with community partners, will hold a Juvenile Expungement Clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Thurman Adams State Service Center, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown.
“In Delaware, juvenile records are not automatically expunged or sealed when a child reaches the age of 18,” said Alanna Farber, expungement and post-disposition coordinator for ODS. “The only way to clear a juvenile record in Delaware is through the expungement process.”
Before the clinic, the office will coordinate appointments for individuals to get fingerprinted and to obtain their criminal records, which are required to be submitted along with the expungement petition. Obtaining the criminal record costs $52. Financial assistance may be available through the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, which is helping to host the clinic.
At the clinic, individuals will be paired with volunteer attorneys who will help them prepare the petition. The Office of Defense Services will file the petition on their behalf and keep them informed about the petition’s progress in Family Court.
“Clinics like these are especially crucial given some of the cuts that have been passed or talked about in Legislative Hall,” Jon Offredo, a spokesman for the ODS, said. “If we are going to eliminate funding for reentry services, we need to do what we can as a community to hold events like these so that kids who are trying to rebound from youthful mistakes have the opportunity to do so.”
Other hosts for the clinic include the state’s APEX Program and the Delaware Center for Justice.
To register for the clinic or to determine eligibility for a juvenile expungement, call 577-5120. Space is limited.
The clinic is free, but appointments are required.