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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.
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.