Having a criminal record can create many problems in your life. You will more than 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 want to appeal to the Colorado Courts to seal their criminal history.
If you have ever been arrested or cited for any illegal activity, or if you were unfairly suspected of any crime, a criminal record has been created for you. If the criminal case led to a municipal offense conviction or a dismissal, there is a provision in the state’s law to petition to erase or 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 the 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 charges they might refuse you. Sealing a record is becoming more and more 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 expunge 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.
- The client had a case that was discharged due to a plea agreement in any other case, over 10 years have passed from the final verdict on all criminal proceedings and no added criminal charges have been filed against the defendant in the meantime from the date of the final disposition.
- Conviction for keeping a controlled substance might be entitled to be sealed, only if it was under the Class 5 Felony 5 or below.
- 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 offender has a straight conviction for a crime.
- The defendant has been charged for an offense for which the factual basis is available stating illegal sexual behavior.
- The suspect still owes fines, refunds, late fees, court costs, or other fees imposed by the court in the case being demanded to expunge, 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.
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 erasing 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.