A lot of young people think that a youth record is not a big deal and it disappears when they turn 18. Unfortunately, that is incorrect. A youth record may disappear if you do not get into any trouble as an adult during the time period needed to have the youth record expunged depending on the charge, whether it is summary conviction or indictable and the length of probation.
If you get into trouble as an adult and are found guilty your youth record will continue with your adult charges.
Many people think I have served my time why are they bringing up an old record. Past behaviour predicts future behaviour so the court and the Crown use your record to predict whether you will follow court orders and commit further offences. A record that has many fail to comply court orders or fail to appear court/prints will make it difficult for a person to get bail.
The record will also be used to decide what is an appropriate sentence for the current offences. Usually, the court will state a penalty will be higher than one received before.
It is best not to have a youth or adult record and if you are charged to follow the conditions of your bail.