Quote from Freedom42
I suggest you call the lawyer who handled your case, explain your concern and have him or her review BON standards to find out if your record is public. Then -- if it's not -- you'll have true peace of mind. I wouldn't disclose anything before getting that advice.
The laws governing juvenile criminal records vary from state to state. Although laymen talk about juvenile records being "sealed," they often are not. In my state, if you were convicted of a felony, that is always public, regardless of your age and regardless of the crime. If you were convicted of misdemeanors, that information will remain public. The age at which someone is considered a juvenile also varies; in New Hampshire, for example, a 17-year-old can be tried as an adult without a bindover hearing.
Your lawyer might be able to answer your question over the phone. If not -- and if you don't have the money for a consultation -- I'd suggest calling the prosecutor who handled your case and asking him or her. Prosecutors who deal with juvenile cases handle this stuff all the time and will often recommend a disposition that will not impact your ability to do certain types of work in the future (e.g., join the military). If you're not comfortable with that, you could call a law school near you to see if there's a free legal aid clinic.
This has nothing to do with the Board of Nursing or laws in different states.
This is where STATE LAW takes priority over any and all policies the BON has.
Every state in the United States has a law that protects people who have deferred judgement or expongements from having to disclose this information on employment applications, applications for school, applications for professional licensure. There are very, very few exceptions, and these are ALL limited to Level 3 security clearance or higher with the Federal Government jobs, but NEVER on a routine job search. Even still, you don't have to disclose this on initial application.
There is no such thing as a record that is thrown away or "tossed out". There is an order by the judge that is sent through the entire state for "non-disclosure".
Since your question is about a juvenile conviction, you were already advised by the court system on how this will affect your future record.
Even if you had MURDERED someone as a juvenile, if it was 100% handled by the juvenile court, you are under no legal obligation to disclose it nor can any state application require you to. If someone that knew about it "tattled", state laws bar the board from seeking any remedy such as revoking a license, because you did not lie on your application, the law gave you permission on WHAT YOU WERE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE.