Having a criminal record can create many problems in your life. You will likely be judged on the basis of your past records rather than your current situation. Steven J. Pisani is a prominent Colorado Sealing of Records lawyer who represents people wanting to appeal to the Colorado Courts to seal their criminal history.
If you have ever been arrested, cited for any illegal activity, suspected of a crime, or convicted, a criminal record has been created for you. If charges were dismissed or it’s been years since your conviction, there is a provision in the state’s law to petition to seal your records. However, this process can be difficult and requires careful attention to detail or your petition may be rejected by the court. It is always best to seek the help of the best lawyers in Denver to file your petition and represent you in court.
Typically we request to seal any document or record relating to the criminal case. This usually comprises the complaint(s) filed against you; photographs; fingerprints; rap sheets; records of arrests; warrants and court procedural records. It is essential to understand that a sealed record is different than one that has been completely destroyed. Government bodies like the FBI, police, and immigration officers may still have access to the sealed records for certain purposes, but they are not available to the general public.
How it Benefits You to Seal Criminal Records?
There are numerous benefits to getting your records erased by the Colorado courts. Whenever you apply for a job, a professional license, or find a house they check your records; if they find your past history includes any offense, they might refuse you. Sealing a record is becoming increasingly important due to the ease of access to information – now anyone can access criminal records over the internet should they feel the need.
Who Can Request for the Sealing of Records?
We can help a person in filing a petition in the court to seal his/her arrest or criminal record, but only if they meet one or more of the below mentioned requirements:
- All charges were dismissed (in the starting or after a delayed judgment) or the client was proven innocent of all charges at trial.
- There is just a record of custody and no charges were filed in a court of law
- 1-year has passed since the final disposition for a petty offense or petty drug offense
- 2- years have passed since the final disposition for an M3, M2, or an Misdemeanor Drug Offense
- 3-years have passed since the final disposition for an M1, F6, F5, F4, DF4, or DF3
- Most municipal court violations are now eligible for record sealing after 3 years has elapsed from the time of court supervision.
We may not appeal the Court to expunge any arrest or criminal record if:
- The defendant has been charged for an offense for which the factual basis is available stating illegal sexual behavior or homicide.
- The suspect still owes fines, refunds, late fees, court costs, or other fees imposed by the court in the case being demanded to seal, except the court has removed such order.
- Traffic offenses like Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are not allowed to be sealed.
- The conviction related to a crime regarding a commercial driving license holder or the operator of a commercial motor vehicle.
- The required time for since the final disposition has not been met.
Enjoy a Better Future with Our Assistance
We use official Colorado Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks to get the necessary information regarding our client’s prior cases. This information is essential for the right application; if a crucial piece is missing, this can create future issues.
Once we get all of the required information, we start drafting a petition to the court requesting the sealing of your record. A petition is the formal request for sealing records and gets submitted, along with a fee, at the Colorado District Court. The fees range between approximately $250 and $500; once paid, the court will then provide a date for hearing on your case. The hearing will provide us an opportunity to convince the court that sealing the records can benefit you more in comparison to the loss to the public for not getting access to your record.
There is no guarantee that you will get your records sealed, but Denver Record sealing attorney Steven J. Pisani has had proven success helping clients get beyond their past. Sealing of records can take months to prepare, so always be patient and let your lawyer do the right thing for you.