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It is critical that children and families understand their options before making any legal decisions regarding children involved in the juvenile justice system. The implications for children found guilty by the juvenile court can have far-reaching implications and collateral consequences for both children and their families. Often involvement in the system is confusing and overwhelming for this population.
The Center for Children, Law and Policy has just published the Collateral Consequences guide, a handy 2-page, easy-to-read handout meant to help children and families understand the short-term and long-term ramifications of being found guilty by the juvenile court. The guide includes an explanation of how a juvenile conviction can affect various aspects of a child’s life including: school, future employment, adult sentencing, obtaining a driver’s license, voting, jury duty, sex offender registration, and access to public housing. The Collateral Consequences guide also walks children and families through avenues they can pursue to remedy their juvenile record such as how to seal and expunge juvenile records. You can download the guide by going to our website and clicking the Collateral Consequences link.