Colorado Juvenile Expungement of Criminal Records Attorney
Expungement of a juvenile criminal record is unique to an adult criminal record Sealing. If a juvenile’s record is expunged, under most circumstances, the record is completely erased and the information is no longer available to anyone except law enforcement. Colorado statute prohibits giving an expunged record to the United States military. A juvenile criminal record can negatively impact college applications, federal financial aid applications or eligibility for participation in college sports. Juvenile adjudications of felonies will also prohibit purchase and possession of a firearm as an adult.
Records of juvenile delinquency are not expunged automatically by the courts. A formal application must be filed with the court that entered the adjudication. Because one can petition for expungement only once every 12 months, it is important to get it right the first time.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney • Denver, Colorado
Juvenile Record Expungement
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I have over three decades of legal experience, half of that time as a District Attorney. I have also been a judge. I have successfully obtained many juvenile expungements.
The Waiting Periods
There are waiting periods before an application for juvenile criminal record expungement may be presented to the court. Additionally, the district attorney may successfully block expungement of a record that includes arrests for or convictions of certain types of violent crimes. Timing is critical for successfully expunging a record. The law can change and make expungement more restricted. Subsequent charges can also prevent an expungement. A DUI, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, and any number of subsequent minor offenses can keep a case from being expunged.
A case can be expunged under the following rules:
- Not guilty at trial
- (The statute does not mention what happens to cases that are dismissed prior to trial. I believe these are immediately eligible.)
- From a law enforcement contact that did not result in charges
- Completion of juvenile diversion
- Termination of the court’s jurisdiction—end of probation
- Unconditional release from the department of human services
- Termination of parole and court supervision if the juvenile was not classified a repeat offender and not committed any other violations.
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Attorney Philip M. Smith
The petition process can be intimidating and the rules can be confusing as to the type of arrests and convictions eligible for expungement. I have the experience to navigate through these complicated areas of law and will be able to advise you on the possibilities of a successful expungement of you or your loved ones juvenile record.
Contact My Law Office
If you need a criminal defense lawyer to prepare and file a Juvenile Record Expungement, or if you have questions about your criminal background, I encourage you to contact me, Attorney Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.