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How Can You Seal Your Record in Colorado? ((C.R.S.) 24-72-703)

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Posted By McAdams Law | August 19 2023 | Blog

Some people may be able to seal their record in Colorado. If you were arrested, charged, and convicted in the state, you can ask the court to seal your record in the appropriate court based on where the charges occurred. This process could mean that you can protect your privacy and work towards getting back to your life. However, the process is not easy to do, which is why working with the McAdams Law Office may be the best step you can take. Our criminal defense team can provide a free consultation to discuss whether you can seal your case and what is involved.

Colorado Laws on Sealing Your Record

The right to petition the court to seal your record falls under Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 24-72-703, which outlines who is eligible to do so.

There are two options for doing this:

  • Your case was dismissed or acquitted: In this situation, you can ask the judge to seal your record using a Petition to Seal Non-Conviction form, also known as JDF 477.
  • If your case resulted in your conviction, You can file the Petition to Seal Criminal Convictions form JDF 612.

There are three steps typical in this process. The first step is to first obtain all copies of your police reports from the past. You then need to complete the appropriate form listed above and pay a filing fee (this is $65). Once you do that, you can submit your petition to the court and wait for a response.

Who Can Have Their Record Sealed?

Some types of Colorado criminal records can be sealed, but others cannot be. If you were convicted, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations will seal records depending on the circumstances in most situations. They will not seal them in situations such as:

  • Class 1 felonies
  • Class 2 felonies
  • Class 3 felonies
  • DUIs
  • Sex crimes
  • Class A and B traffic infractions
  • Domestic violence convictions
  • Class 1 and Class 2 traffic offense misdemeanors

Sealing Felonies in Colorado

It may be possible to have some types of felony convictions sealed in Colorado. That includes:

  • All Class 4 felonies
  • Class 5 felonies
  • Class 6 felonies
  • Level 2, 3, and 4 drug offense felonies

In situations of underage DUI, where the blood alcohol level is .02 but under .05, the court may expunge a record for those who are over the age of 21, have not had a second conviction, and have a closed case, and do not have a commercial driver’s license.

How Your Criminal Record Impacts Daily Life

There are a lot of ways that your criminal record can impact your daily life, making it beneficial to have your records sealed. Your records could impact your ability to get and maintain a job, get affordable insurance, obtain some types of loans, and navigate financial resources.

Allow Our Criminal Defense Attorneys to Work for You

At McAdams Law Office, we are committed to providing our clients with access to any and all legal representation they need. If you are unsure if you can have your records sealed in Colorado, allow us to take a closer look. Set up a free consultation to discuss your needs with our team.

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