There are 2 types of records that may be created when a juvenile is arrested:
- Arrest records
- Court records
Whenever a person is arrested, arrest records are made and kept by:
- The arresting law enforcement agency
- The Illinois State Police
Whenever a juvenile is arrested, the arresting agency creates an arrest record. In some cases they may report the arrest to the State Police. So there may be two records for an arrest.
Juvenile arrest records include:
- All arrests before you turn 17
- Records from 2010-2013, arrests for misdemeanors before you turned 18
- Starting in 2014, all arrests before you turn 18
You have a juvenile record even if:
- You were arrested but never charged;
- Your case was dismissed;
- You were acquitted, found not delinquent, or not guilty;
- You were convicted, found delinquent or guilty, and it was reversed; or
- You were sentenced to supervision or probation.
If a person is charged with a crime in juvenile court, there will be juvenile court records. Juvenile court records include cases in juvenile court only. They do not include cases tried in adult criminal court or traffic court, even if you were under 17 years old.
Updated: January 2018