Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement Attorney in Denver, Colorado
If you have been denied a job or at risk losing your job you may wonder if your criminal record or past arrest is eligible for sealing or expungement. You may be denied housing because of that record.
At the law office of Philip M. Smith, former judge and deputy district attorney, Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer, we will review your criminal history with you and determine if your situation is eligible for sealing or expungement. As your attorney, I take care of all of the electronic filing and necessary paperwork from beginning to end. It is my job to confirm your criminal record is closed forever.
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 providing the Petition is granted by the court.
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;
- Drug cases are eligible depending on the date entered and the level of the charge.
- No offenses following a juvenile record
- Record originated in Colorado
- Municipal convictions after three years
- Arrest records, providing no charges were filed
- Petty offense convictions
For criminal cases after August 1, 2016 the process is much less expensive and expedient.
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.
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.
Sealing and Expungement Attorney Philip M. Smith has successfully filed the Petition to Seal and/or the Petition to Expunge for many clients with Colorado criminal records and given his clients the freedom they deserve.
Search Colorado Criminal Records
If you are interested in obtaining your Colorado criminal history, you may search the following websites. If you would like a free and confidential review of your records, please contact Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900.