Can a Juvenile Record Affect My Security Clearance?


The human brain typically completes its development and maturity in the mid to late twenties. The prefrontal cortex, responsible for features such as decision-making, planning, and prioritizing, is the last to mature. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, there were over 47 million delinquency cases between 1985 and 2018.

If you have a juvenile record and are applying for a security clearance, it is possible that the agency reviewing your application may consider this information. Factors such as your age, the frequency of any past incidents, any changes in your behavior, and the amount of time that has passed since the incidents occurred will be considered when determining your suitability for a security clearance.

When obtaining a security clearance, it's important to note that adult crimes and criminal behavior are more likely to result in denial compared to juvenile criminal acts. While it may be uncomfortable or unpleasant, it's crucial to disclose any required information related to offenses if asked. Demonstrating honesty and trustworthiness is essential when dealing with government agencies.

If you require assistance with your security clearance, please get in touch with the Law Office of Asya Hogue, Esq. You can call us at (904) 884-5891 or send an email to