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The expungement or sealing of a criminal record can be a life-changing event for individuals who have made mistakes in the past and are seeking a fresh start.

In Colorado, expungement is a legal process that is specifically designed for juveniles, who often make mistakes early on in life and should not be forever burdened by a criminal past. The process involves having their criminal records expunged — or destroyed — so that they are no longer accessible to the public.

You may be eligible to petition for expungement in the state of Colorado if your situation involves the following:

  • You were a juvenile convicted of a non-sexual, non-aggravated and non-violent offense. To have your petition granted, payment of any court fines must first be completed. Additionally, the expungement cannot be initiated until five years after the completion of the sentence.
  • You were convicted of an underage DUI. Once you are over 21 years old and you have completed all the requirements of your sentence, you can have the record expunged as long as you have not since been arrested for another DUI-related charge.

While expungements in Colorado are mostly for juvenile cases, there is one situation in which an adult can have their record expunged:

  • Individuals who were arrested for mistaken identity and not formally charged with an offense can have their record destroyed. In this situation, law enforcement agencies have the responsibility to petition for such records to be expunged within 90 days.

Sealing a record refers to the process of making a person's criminal record inaccessible to the public. This means that the record is not available for employers, landlords and other individuals conducting background checks to see, but it does remain intact, so certain government agencies and law enforcement organizations may still have access to the sealed record.

Many adult offenses can be sealed, such as petty offenses, some drug offenses and arrest records. For example, if you are acquitted at the conclusion of a trial, your record will be sealed automatically. However, never just assume that your record has been sealed; always check with a lawyer to make sure it has been done.

While the process of expungement and sealing your record may seem complex, it is well worth the effort, as it can help you to secure employment, housing and other opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. In most cases, once your record is sealed or expunged, you will be able to answer “no” in a job interview or other forum when asked if you were ever arrested or convicted of a crime.

If you are seeking to have your record expunged or sealed in Colorado, the Polansky Law Firm can help. Contact us at 303-415-2583 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation today.