Colorado Springs Expungement Attorneys
Records of past mistakes, arrests, convictions, or other criminally relevant actions do not go away in Colorado. When you apply for college or a job, your past will catch up to you and can significantly impact your future. Your alternative is to request the sealing of your criminal record.
Expunging vs. Sealing of Criminal Record
Expunging your juvenile record involves the removal of a juvenile record. It applies to juvenile offenses.
The sealing of records means that your criminal record will be closed against background checks or other public or civil inquiry. Sealing applies to criminal offenses as opposed to juvenile offenses.
Juvenile vs. Adult Criminal Record
In Colorado, only those with juvenile records may petition to have their records expunged. If you made a mistake when you were a teenager and that mistake is preventing you from getting your life on track, whether it is applying for college or applying for a job, you may be eligible to petition the court to expunge your record. Then, if a college or potential employer conducts a background check, they will find nothing connected to a criminal past.
If you have a criminal record as an adult in Colorado, your only option is to petition the court to seal your criminal record. With a permanently sealed criminal record, you can lawfully state that you have never committed a crime or been arrested, but, to be eligible to have your records sealed, you have to meet certain criteria.
Sealing Misdemeanor or Felony Offense Records in Colorado
Generally, the sealing of criminal records is granted under the following circumstances:
- You were found not guilty;
- You were given a suspended/deferred sentence and complied with all conditions of that order; or
- Your case was dismissed before it went to trial.
If you pled guilty or were found guilty, sealing your case is most likely precluded. But if the above requirements apply to you then you can likely be successful in your petition for the sealing of your records. Of course extenuating circumstances and exceptions may also exist. You should check your deferred sentence agreement closely to ensure that there was no agreement which would preclude sealing. An experienced defense attorney can help you determine whether or not you are eligible to seal your criminal record.
Time is of the Essence
Requests for the sealing or expunging of criminal records in Colorado can take months to make it through the court system, which is why you should not hesitate in speaking with an attorney and having them prepare the petition for you. If you are an adult, or the parent of a juvenile with a record, experienced criminal defense attorney, Timothy R. Bussey, of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., can help you determine whether you are eligible to have those records sealed or expunged as well as petition the court on your behalf. To speak to Mr. Bussey about your particular circumstances, contact us at (719) 475-2555 for a free consultation of your legal rights and options.