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A criminal record can follow you around for life. Every time you apply for housing, apply for a job, or even apply for financial aid, your criminal history can have a negative impact on your future. That’s why many people consider sealing their criminal records in Colorado.
If you’re thinking of having your criminal record sealed in Colorado, then there are a few things you need to know first. Learn what you need to know about giving yourself a clean slate by having your criminal record sealed in the new year.
When you are arrested or convicted of a crime in Colorado, you have a criminal record. These types of records are usually available to the public through background checks performed through the internet.
When you seal your criminal record in Colorado, what you are doing is making it impossible for your criminal record to come up in these types of public background searches. It basically makes your criminal record invisible.
Not every criminal record in Colorado can be sealed, though. In general, you can pursue sealing your criminal records in these circumstances:
It’s also important to understand that not all crimes are eligible for record sealing. If you were convicted of these crimes, then you cannot pursue this option:
If you want to inquire about sealing your Colorado criminal record, then you should contact an attorney. They’ll help you understand if you’re eligible and the process required to get it done.
The court must be petitioned to seal a criminal record. On the Colorado Judicial Branch website, you can find the forms required to petition the court.
There is a filing fee associated with it, but if you cannot afford to pay it, then you can also file the motion without payment by completing a Motion to File Without Payment and Supporting Financial Affidavit.
The process will require you to:
You can expect records sealing to several months, usually about 30 to 60 days from the time you submit the paperwork for the court to respond. If it is approved, then your attorney can send the order to the applicable agencies to have your records sealed.
Arrests and charges can have a big impact on your future, no matter how insignificant the charges may have been at the time. Petitioning the court takes time and is a process that can be complicated to understand – but not impossible.
About the Author:
Andrew Bryant is a well-respected Colorado Springs criminal attorney who has been practicing in the area for years. A Colorado native, he returned to the home he loves after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Now, he uses the knowledge he gained as an El Paso County District Attorney to fight tirelessly for his clients’ rights. He is AV-Preeminent rated, has been recognized for his work by The National Trial Lawyers, and has been named to Best of the Springs lists by The Gazette for years.
Contact The Law Office of Andrew Bryant today for a free consultation concerning your criminal or family law case. You are just a click away from a top-rated and respected team with the experience and tenacity to ensure you get the best legal services offered in Colorado Springs – call or email now.