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Question of the day: Can a juvenile’s arrest record be cleared by the time he or she turns 18? Answer: Under a new Illinois law, a juvenile’s arrest record is automatically cleared on his or her 18th birthday if the arrest did not result in criminal charges and if there are no other subsequent arrests or juvenile delinquency petitions. The new law eliminates the need to go through the courts to get a juvenile arrest record like this expunged. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to