Utah offers people with a juvenile record a chance at a clean slate with a free expungement clinic

Those with juvenile offenses on their record have a shot at getting them removed Thursday during Utah’s first ever juvenile expungement clinic.

The clinic will run from 3 to 6 p.m., beginning after the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice’s Clean Slate event for Juvenile Justice Awareness Month. Both events will be held at Weber Valley Youth Services, 1305 S. 700 West, in Ogden.

A person’s juvenile record can affect their ability to get a job and keep custody of their children — even if the charges have been dismissed, according to a news release from the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice.

To qualify for expungement, the applicant must be at least 18. In addition, one year must have passed since they were released from custody or since the case’s termination from juvenile court jurisdiction.

The clinic will put those with juvenile offenses in contact with attorneys, judges and advocates who can help them navigate the expungement process. Records from all judicial districts are eligible for review, according to the news release. Those who apply for expungement at the clinic will have all application fees waived.

Those interested must come to the event in person and provide a valid form of government-issued photo ID. Utah Driving Privilege Cards won’t be accepted. No appointments are necessary.

For more information on the Clean Slate event visit bit.do/cleanslate.