question about reporting something!

  1. They tell us at school that we should report if we have ever been in trouble with police but they were leaning more on if we have ever been arrested. I have never been arrested but ran away when i was a teenager and put on juvenile probation. Should I pay all that money for them to check me out? I am so worried about this but i really do not have that money to do that or i would.
    RS
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Simba&NalasMom
    You might try posting this in the legal forum. As far as I know, juvenile offenses are not carried over into your adult records, so nobody should have access to that information. Of course, there are exceptions in extreme cases. Best thing to do is call your state board of nursing, tell them the circumstances (you don't have to give your name), and ask them if it's a problem.
  4. by   rn/writer
    Quote from Ranger Student
    They tell us at school that we should report if we have ever been in trouble with police but they were leaning more on if we have ever been arrested. I have never been arrested but ran away when i was a teenager and put on juvenile probation. Should I pay all that money for them to check me out? I am so worried about this but i really do not have that money to do that or i would.
    RS
    I'm not going to give you legal advice, just some ideas to check out.

    First, who are the "they" who are telling you this? Are you being asked to fill out a specific form and list any past problems? Or is this a general kind of instruction to be straightforward?

    Are you in nursing school and being told this in relation to getting a job?

    Second, you should be able to check out your own police record for a nominal fee. Go back to a police department in the jurisdiction that put you on probation and ask them to run your name. They should be able to tell you if you have anything listed. And since you're requesting your own information, they may not charge you anything.

    Third, unless a juvenile is charged as an adult, the records should be sealed, meaning it takes a court order to open them. AND juvenile probation usually means that if the person stays out of trouble, the offense is expunged completely from the record.

    Kids mess up, simply because they are kids and don't yet think like adults. Juvenile records are sealed to wipe the slate clean and give the adults the offenders become a fresh start.

    Hope this helps.
  5. by   dtice
    Where I go to school, we were told to report anything that they might find on our record. I have a friend who was 17 and got in a fight at school with a 16 year old and was charged with assualt on a minor. At the time she was told that it would never show up on her record, but it did even though that charge had been dropped. I would be up front with everything in you past. It would be really hard to deal with finishing school and then being told I could not practice. Good Luck.
  6. by   Tweety
    If you have no adult record, then keep it to yourself what you did as a kid. No need to be judged by others.

    Good luck.
  7. by   stephera
    "They" are my instructors. They say that when we send in our fingerprints to the board that they will know everything!! But they were more on being arrested type of stuff.

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