Do you worry that your criminal records will hold you back in the life you want? Are you concerned that your Colorado criminal record will affect your ability to find or retain a good job or get into school? Having a record can inhibit your chances of finding better paying jobs, getting into school, or from living a better life.
Sealing or expunging your record will give you the freedom to apply to higher paying jobs and have a greater chance at getting into a good school. With so many employers, landlords, neighbors, and loved ones conducting background checks, getting an expungement or record sealing is a great investment in your future. Allow us to help you achieve a better life for yourself.
In Colorado you can have certain dismissed criminal cases, conviction records, and juvenile records sealed. Our firm has cleared over 20,000 criminal records nationwide and we can help you too. Take our no-obligation, free online eligibility test to see if you qualify for sealing in Colorado.
In Colorado, adult records are sealed and juvenile records are expunged, but both services accomplish approximately same thing.
Expunged cases are considered to have never existed and the public cannot see expunged records. This allows you to state that you have never been arrested, charged, adjudicated, convicted or sentenced regarding the expunged case. However, expunged cases are not destroyed and can still be used by any judge or probation department in the future.
Sealings are almost the same thing but do have several small differences. In extremely rare instances, it can be possible to unseal a sealed record. This is very rare and is only possible when circumstances come into existence after the original sealing that show that the public interest in the disclosure outweigh the defendant’s interest in privacy. Also, if you are applying to become a licensed attorney in Colorado, the Colorado state bar can access your sealed records. To date, no case that we have ever sealed has been unsealed.
The Colorado sealing process can be a complicated and time-consuming process to face on your own. Our attorneys and staff will alleviate the stress of the sealing process by handling the process for you and making it as easy on you as possible. The first step in sealing a record is obtaining all documents related to your conviction, dismissal, or juvenile case. We will contact all relevant agencies that possess any documents relevant to your case and obtain them for you. Our attorneys will then begin preparing the application and, once complete, file the forms in the appropriate court.
After the court receives the appropriate paperwork, it can take about 6 weeks for the court to select a hearing date. Your case could be decided without a hearing in some cases. If the court grants a hearing, one of our attorneys will be there to represent you so that you don’t have to go to court. It is extremely rare that a client needs to show up in court with their attorney. If the court grants the petition to seal your records, our staff will notify all relevant agencies of the Order and all service costs will be included in the flat service fee.
The entire process can take several months since the courts can get backed up, but we will complete our portion of the process as quickly as possible. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will have a clear record and the confidence that comes with it.
Determining whether or not your record is eligible to be sealed or expunged can be very difficult on your own. The quickest and easiest way for you to determine if your record is eligible is to take our free online eligibility test or call our office at 877-573-7273.
In order to to have a criminal records for a dismissed case sealed, all charges in the case must have been dismissed or you must have been acquitted of all charges. This includes cases where you have completed a deferred sentence or a deferred prosecution, where no charges were filed and the statute of limitations has expired, or where a case was dismissed due to a plea agreement in another case and more than 10 years have passed since the case was concluded and no additional criminal charges were filed.
You may be able to seal a criminal conviction record if the following requirements are met:
10 or more years have passed from the final disposition of all criminal proceedings against you or you have been released from supervision concerning a criminal conviction, whichever is later;
And you have not been charged or convicted of a criminal offense in the ten or more years since the date of the final disposition of all criminal proceedings or the date of your release from your supervision, whichever is later.
However, you may not petition the court to seal criminal conviction records if you still owe restitution, fines, late fees, or other financial penalties ordered by the court for the case you have requested to be sealed. Also, some case types are not eligible including cases that involve unlawful sexual offenses and minor traffic cases. There are other various requirements that may make you eligible or ineligible for sealing.
The eligibility requirements can be complicated and we can help you figure out which cases are eligible. We would love the opportunity to clean your record and help you have a more successful life. Please take our free online eligibility test or contact our office at 877-573-7273 so one of our specialists may assist you.
Juvenile records can sometimes be expunged. As with adult sealing, some crimes can not expunged, including felony unlawful sexual behavior and certain violent offenses. If your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty, you can petition immediately. If your case did not go to court, there is a one year waiting period to file for expungement. If you were adjudicated and sentenced, there is a three year waiting period before you can file for expungement.
Not all Colorado Sealings have a filing fee. However, some cases can carry a substantial filing fee. We require that all filing fees be paid prior to filing and the filing fee is not included in our attorney fee. Filing fees range from no fee to over $400. For example, at the time that we wrote this article, juvenile cases have no filing fee, some non-conviction filing fees are as low as $65, and municipal conviction filing fees are $424.
Filing fees change all the time so please contact our office to determine current filing fees. If you mess up your case by attempting to do it on your own, you would have to pay the filing fee twice. This makes hiring a skilled attorney your best choice for sealing a Colorado record.
Our law firm has handled thousands of cases across the country. We serve every county in Colorado and have a low price guarantee. We make sure you get a great deal while still providing excellent customer service by making the process as quick and easy as possible for you. Call us now to get started today!
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In some instances a criminal history report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and/or FBI will need to be obtained. This will require Client to be fingerprinted and Client will be responsible for those additional costs.
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