■ Expungement of Records in Colorado
Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney Sarah Christensen
Past arrests, criminal charges, and convictions can come back to haunt you when you apply for college, a job, an apartment, or a loan. This can make it difficult for many people to get a fresh start and put their past behind them. Whether or not you were convicted of a crime, the information regarding your Colorado court case may remain on your record unless you take steps to have your criminal record expunged. Even juvenile criminal records are not automatically erased upon reaching adulthood. Many criminal arrests and charges can be expunged from your records, but you must submit a petition to request the expungement. If you are interested in having your Colorado criminal record expunged, you should contact an experienced Colorado expungement lawyer who can determine your eligibility and help you through this process.
Expungement refers to the legal process of removing court records from public view. In Colorado, adult criminal records may be sealed, but they are not destroyed or erased. Even after criminal records are sealed, law enforcement agencies and other government agencies still have access to these records. However, expunged records will no longer be available to others, including prospective employers, landlords, and creditors. Juvenile delinquency records are completely erased when they are expunged.
Many misdemeanor and felony arrests and charges are eligible for expungement in Colorado if:
- You were arrested, but not charged with a crime
- You were found not guilty during a trial
- Criminal charges were dismissed before trial
- You received and complied with a deferred sentence (probation)
- You have no misdemeanor or felony charges pending against you
- You have juvenile delinquency charges and are now a legal adult
Not all criminal records are eligible for expungement in Colorado. The state of Colorado may deny a petition for expungement under many circumstances, including the following situations:
- You were convicted of or plead guilty to a crime
- You were charged with a violent felony, domestic violence, or certain sexual crimes
- As a juvenile, you were charged with an adult sentence
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, but were never convicted, it is in your best interest to request expungement of your records. Once criminal records are expunged, you may truthfully state that you were never arrested or charged with a crime, making it easier for you to move forward with your life. Skilled Colorado criminal defense attorney, Sarah Christensen, can determine whether you qualify for expungement and can assist you with the petition process.
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