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Denver Sealing of Criminal Records Charges Attorney

Few people want a criminal record. But it is usually easy to make a bad decision and land yourself on the wrong side of the law, thereby messing with the criminal justice system. Getting in touch with out Colorado Criminal Records Sealing Lawyer at the Steven J Pisani Law Office can extricate you from this unfortunate situation.

Even a small arrest or conviction can balloon into a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life. However, several ways exist that can wipe the slate clean and have your criminal records expunged and completely sealed. But whether a criminal record can be wiped clean depends mainly on the state in which the record exists and Colorado’s criteria for eligibility.

Sealing vs. Expungement

The sealing of records is an indication that an arrest or conviction of an offender has been cleared. If your record is sealed, technically, it means that the public cannot access it. However, sealed records can still be “opened afresh” using a court order.

On the other hand, expungement is the process of clearing an arrest or conviction from your criminal record. While popular with many convicted felons, it isn’t available for all. An expungement mainly depends on the jurisdiction in which the arrest took place.

You can petition a court of law in Colorado to have your record sealed if:

  • You complete deferred adjudication probation for the committed offense
  • Your charge has been dismissed, and you have been discharged from probation.
  • Your waiting period has been observed. The waiting period is usually five years for felonies from the date of discharge.

The Benefits of Getting Your Criminal Record Sealed

Let’s examine the advantages of getting your criminal records sealed and expunged:

1. Employment

You probably know that over 80 percent of employers conduct a background check on their job applicants.

One of the reasons our clients contact us at Pisani Law is because they are having trouble getting hired, and they need their record sealed and expunged so they can confidently state that they have never been convicted of a crime.

If you find yourself eligible for sealing in Colorado, we recommend that you visit our office to help you remove the record.

Even if you are already employed, new management can come and search for all current employees. It’s easy for new management to run a search, so do the right thing and get your records expunged as soon as possible.

2. Buying an Apartment

The law mandates Colorado property owners to conduct a background search on their potential apartment buyers or tenants. If your record shows up as having been convicted or arrested, you could end up getting denied an apartment or tenancy.

Landlords will readily see you as an unclean tenant and could even charge higher price or rent, ask for a larger deposit, or refuse to rent you the place.

3. Restoring Your Gun Right

If your records are sealed and expunged in Colorado, you can have your gun right reinstated. Sealing your records destroys your conviction as if it never existed. And if you have never been convicted of a felony, then your gun rights are automatically restored.

4. Peace of Mind

Knowing that your criminal record is no longer on record brings satisfaction and relief to many. You can now apply for employment and rent or buy places to live as you know you don’t have a dark past hanging over your neck. You no longer have to lie to your friends and family, job application forms, or colleagues.

5. Citizenship Benefits

If you are looking for a green card or applying for US citizenship, chances are you will be asked about having been arrested or convicted of a crime. If your records are sealed and expunged, then you stand a better chance of becoming a US citizen.

A New Law Makes It Easier and Possible to Seal Criminal Records

In 2019, House Bill 1275 was passed by the State Legislature. This law dramatically changes and expands the state’s criminal record sealing laws. It also makes it possible to seal and expunge many types of criminal records that could not have been sealed and expunged before, including many felonies and misdemeanors.

What Records Can Be Sealed In Colorado?

  • Petty offense convictions: You can apply to have your record sealed or expunged if you were convicted of a petty offense, such as a petty drug or municipal offense.
  • Dismissals or deferred judgment: You can apply to have your record sealed if you were arrested for a crime if the charges were never filed, if the charges were dismissed, or if you were found guilty in a trial.

What Records Cannot Be Sealed

  • DUI convictions cannot be sealed
  • Felony convictions cannot be sealed
  • Split pleas cannot be sealed
  • Misdemeanor traffic offenses
  • Waiver
  • Civil cases

How Long Does It Take to Seal a Criminal Record?

Well, it takes approximately 30 to 60 days

Let Sealing Criminal Records Lawyer Help with the Process

Don’t let the past follow you forever there is a solution. Contact Sealing Criminal Records Lawyer for help!

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