4 Ways To Qualify For Record Sealing In Colorado
It’s an unfortunate reality that if you were ever arrested for a crime, a potential employer, landlord or admitting college is free to reject you, even if you were never convicted. However, in recent years, Colorado and other states nationwide have expanded their record sealing and expungement programs – especially for nonviolent crimes. The act of sealing a record keeps it closed to the public and also allows you to truthfully state on an application that you have never been arrested.
It’s important to remember that not all records can be sealed. Our legal team will go over your options if you meet one of these criteria:
- You were found not guilty. If you pled guilty or were found guilty, Colorado stipulates that records must remain accessible to the public. Otherwise, you can petition for them to be sealed.
- Your case was dismissed. When cases don’t make it trial – assuming that you didn’t plead guilty – it means that you were never convicted of the crime you were accused of. Therefore, the court will hear your case for sealing the records.
- You received a deferred sentence and met the required terms. Some people accept this option after an arrest with the understanding that after successful completion of the outlined terms, sealing the records is a possibility.
- You fall into a special category for which the court will sometimes consider sealing the records. In special cases, people with actual convictions can have their records sealed. These include drug-related misdemeanors and felonies that didn’t involve violence.
The law office of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. can help steer you through the process for petitioning the courts to have your records sealed. If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, and need a criminal defense attorney, please contact us.