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.
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:
Let’s examine the advantages of getting your criminal records sealed and expunged:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Long Does It Take to Seal a Criminal Record?
Well, it takes approximately 30 to 60 days
Don’t let the past follow you forever there is a solution. Contact Sealing Criminal Records Lawyer for help!