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Youth and the Law


It is a common misconception that a youth record is erased or closed when you turn 18. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, a youth court record is generally closed after a 3-5 year “clean period” which begins when you have completed everything that was required in your sentence. Your sentence includes any periods of probation or incarceration, any fines or community service. A clean period is the time after completion of your sentence, during which you have no new offences or breaches of your probation.    


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