At the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, we recognize that past events can sometimes result in a criminal record, which can have lasting consequences. As criminal defense attorneys, we strongly advocate for the sealing of records for those who qualify. This step can help ensure that your past doesn’t shadow your future.
Our dedicated team of defense lawyers possesses the expertise and unwavering commitment to guide you through the record-sealing process. We are here to provide you with a seamless path to achieving a clearer record in Colorado.
What is Expunging Records?
Expunging a record in Colorado means the criminal conviction is permanently erased. Only specific juvenile cases qualify for expungement. Once expunged, you can truthfully state you weren’t arrested, charged, or accused.
Eligibility for Expungement
To be considered for the expungement of juvenile records in Colorado, one of the following must apply:
- Dismissed Charges: If charges were dropped, you’re eligible for expungement, clearing away any traces of the legal challenge.
- Acquittal: A not guilty verdict at trial qualifies you for expungement, removing any records of the court proceedings.
- Sentence Completion and Court Supervision: Fulfilling court-imposed conditions and supervision means you can apply for expungement, ensuring past mistakes don’t linger.
What is Sealing Records?
While adult convictions cannot be expunged in Colorado, an alternative exists: sealing records. Sealing a record essentially makes it inaccessible to the general public. However, it doesn’t erase the conviction; certain authorities might still access it under specific scenarios. Here are the conditions under which you can request your case records be sealed:
- Arrest without Charges: If you were arrested but the District Attorney did not file any charges against you, you can apply to have this arrest record sealed.
- Dismissed Charges: If charges were brought against you but later dismissed, you can request that these records be sealed.
- Acquittal at Trial: If you went to trial and were found not guilty, you can move to have the record of this trial sealed.
- Successful Completion of a Deferred Sentence: If you were given a deferred sentence and successfully completed it, this record can be sealed.
- Petty Offenses and Municipal Violations: If you were either convicted of or pled guilty to a petty offense or a Municipal violation, you can apply for these records to be sealed.
- Drug Convictions: In specific cases, if you were convicted of certain drug offenses and have completed your sentence, you can request that this record be sealed.
Remember, sealing a record means it’s hidden from public view, but it doesn’t disappear entirely. Law enforcement agencies might still access sealed records under special circumstances. It’s crucial to consult with a legal expert to understand the nuances and implications fully.
Resources for Sealing Records in Colorado
- Colorado General Assembly’s Guide: Gain a comprehensive understanding of how to seal or expunge your record in Colorado.
- Colorado Judicial Branch’s Record Sealing Categories: Explore the diverse categories for record sealing, from drug convictions to juvenile charges.
Why Choose Clifton Black for Records Sealing?
- Proven Expertise: Our vast experience ensures that you receive the best possible representation tailored to your unique situation.
- Dedicated Support: We prioritize client welfare, providing continuous support throughout the sealing or expunging records process.
- Comprehensive Coverage: From record sealing to criminal defense, our attorneys offer various legal services, ensuring top-tier representation.