Criminal Record Sealings and Expungement Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Have you been denied or lost employment because of an old arrest showing up on a Colorado criminal history background check and wondered if it could be sealed?An experienced and licensed expungement attorney may be able to clear your criminal record. At the law office of Philip M. Smith, Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer, we can review your criminal history with you and determine if your situation is eligible for sealing or expungement. Sealing your Colorado criminal record will protect you from losing your job, being denied a job or housing because of criminal charge or conviction. Criminal Defense Attorney, Philip Smith will evaluate your criminal history to determine if your case can be sealed permanently and get you back to work.
Denver Criminal Expungement Attorney Philip M. Smith
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When possible, Sealings & Expungement Attorney Philip M Smith can petition to seal adult criminal records and expunge juvenile criminal records. The process for expunging and sealing are very similar but each comes with its specific conditions. The primary reason for petitioning the court to seal or expunge a criminal record is to permanently prevent the public from knowing anything about your past. I take the necessary steps to determine if your record is eligible before ever starting the petition process. If you have juvenile records that need to be expunged or adult records that need to be sealed, Phil will look into both.
My job is to make sure we have closed your case forever. I take care of all of the efiling and necessary paperwork from beginning to end. I only need your signature once at the beginning. Allow up to four months for completion and verification. Once the granted order from the court is received and verified, you will be free to say with confidence that your record has been sealed. Law enforcement, government agencies and the FBI will have access to the sealed record but they will also see that your record is sealed. Laws changed significantly in recent years regarding sealing and expunging criminal cases. Many municipal, misdemeanor and felony cases, and some drug convictions are now eligible for sealing. Sealing or expunging Colorado criminal records is a great opportunity to keep your criminal history out of the public view. For purposes of clarity, let’s address Sealing criminal records.
Presently in the State of Colorado, criminal records can be sealed IF:
- There is NOT a conviction;
- A Deferred Judgment sentence was successfully completed and Dismissed;
- After ten years post sentencing, some minor drugs charges are eligible;
- Arrest records, providing no charges were filed.
- No offenses following a juvenile record
- Record originated in Colorado
- Municipal convictions after three years
- Arrest records, providing no charges were filed and after the statute of limitations has run out
- Some drug convictions
- Petty offense convictions
The Process of Petitioning the Court for Expungement or Sealing
The process of applying for a criminal record sealing is approached with the primary intent to remove criminal records from the public eye. Law enforcement, FBI, and some government agencies will have access but will know the case is sealed. Once eligibility is confirmed, I begin the process of electronically filing the petition. Each case is unique and occasionally a Petition to Seal presented to the court may result in the prosecutor objecting to the Petition. This objection does not automatically mean the Petition is not granted. A Hearing will be held and the court will make a ruling. Objections are rare. Allow 3-4 months to complete.
Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Philip M Smith will ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is completed thoroughly and promptly presented to the appropriate court for consideration. Finally, once the Petition to Seal is granted, all the agencies mandated by the court plus the most current reporters are notified of the sealing. I verify the Sealing has been recorded with the primary agencies so you can be confident your case is closed. You will be free and able to say with confidence your criminal record is clear.
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Filing for Expungement or Sealing
Evaluating the possibility of sealing or expunging a record requires court documentation or a Colorado Bureau of Investigation report. Filing requires a working knowledge of the mandatory jurisdiction requirements, appropriate petitions and orders to be filed applicable for the specific offense(s), filing fees, costs and numerous reporting agencies to notify once the Petition is granted by the court. If a criminal case was dismissed by a Colorado court it will still show on background checks. If you received a deferred judgment and sentence and successfully completed all of the terms of probation the case is dismissed by the court but will remain on a criminal background record. A Petition to Seal or Expunge is required to remove it from the public eye.
Juvenile records are also eligible for expungement. Expungement is the term used in Colorado for sealing criminal records for someone whose offense happened while under the age of 18. Not all juvenile records can be expunged. Reviewing the juvenile court records are necessary to determine eligibility. Juvenile criminal records are only available to the individual party or their attorney of record. Each court will have their procedure for obtaining the records. Sealings and Expungement Attorney Philip M. Smith has successfully filed the Petition to Seal and/or Expunge, such as sex offenses, for many clients with Colorado criminal records.
Search Colorado Criminal Records
In the past, municipal ordinance violations were not reported to criminal background agencies in Colorado. With the revised and new statute changes, we are seeing municipal cases from all jurisdictions appear on criminal background checks. Municipal criminal changes are more revealing than one person would want and all are damaging. Shoplifting, solicitation, assault or disturbing the peace are just a few of the municipal criminal charges that Attorney Phil Smith has successfully sealed for his clients. If you are interested in obtaining your Colorado criminal history, contact the following. There is a nominal fee for these records and they do require a credit card for purchase. If you would like a free and confidential review of your records, please contact my office for instructions.
The following websites offer a criminal background record for a nominal fee payable by credit card.
Contact Expungement Attorney Philip M Smith
If you need a Denver Colorado criminal defense Sealings Attorney or Expungement Attorney to Seal or Expunge your criminal record, or if you have questions about Sealing or Expunging your record, I encourage you to contact me, Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.