April 27, 2017
Colorado Record Sealing & Expungement
Unless you seal or expunge your record, it will always remain a public record. Anyone who does a simple internet search can see when and what you were arrested for and the disposition of your case. Most people would like to keep this part of their lives a secret as it may be rather embarrassing.
Your criminal record may come up in job applications, home loans, scholarship or college applications, and affect social relationships. Your criminal past does not have to negatively impact your future and limit your freedom. Criminal record sealing or expungement allows you to put much of your past behind you and move forward. When your criminal record is sealed, the general public will not be able to access it, however certain government entities will still be able to view the contents of your record.
When your record is expunged, government agencies which would have had access to your sealed record will be told that the record has been expunged and, absent a court order, they would not be able to view your record. Our Denver criminal defense attorney represents the legal rights and goals of those who may be eligible for criminal record sealing or expungement in Denver and throughout the State of Colorado.
Don’t let a criminal record hurt your future. Our attorney will aggressively fight for those who deserve the right to make progress and grow in their careers and lives. Criminal record sealing or expunging of misdemeanors or felony offenses can help you move forward and far away from your criminal past.
In Colorado, HB11-1167 expands the authority of the Colorado District Courts seal conviction records for offenses related to illegal drugs or controlled substances. Depending on the case, the law reduces the amount of time that a person must wait before filing a petition to seal a conviction record. The law regarding sealing adult conviction records only applies to charges involving illegal drugs or controlled substances.
In Colorado, a person may request that their juvenile record be expunged and sealed from public access. You are eligible to petition for a juvenile expungement order:
- Immediately after you were found not guilty at trial.
- After one year, if you were giving a ticket or were arrested, or you completed a juvenile diversion program.
- After four years, if the Court no longer has jurisdiction over your case, or if you were unconditionally released from parole supervision.
- After ten years, if you have been adjudicated a repeat or mandatory juvenile offender, and the Court has terminated jurisdiction or you are unconditionally released from parole supervision, whichever date is later.
You are not eligible to petition for an order expunging your juvenile record if:
- You were adjudicated for an offense involving unlawful sexual behavior.
- You were adjudicated an aggravated juvenile offender.
- You were adjudicated a violent juvenile offender.
- You were adjudicated of an offense that would be a “crime of violence” if committed by an adult.
- You were charged by direct file and treated as an adult.
A criminal or juvenile record can have a lasting impact. Long after a mistake was made, the record can linger on. It can make a difference in your employment options and educational opportunities, among other things. You may continually have to face the embarrassment of having to explain a youthful indiscretion or a moment’s lapse of judgement for years to come.
Our Denver criminal defense attorney can change that through the sealing and expungement of criminal records. Contact our office today for a free legal consultation.