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Sealing Your Criminal Record

June 17, 2019

Sealing Your Criminal Record

Outdated laws used to prevent you from sealing your criminal conviction.  That meant that a conviction – even for something that may have been a minor mistake or lapse of judgment – labeled you as a “criminal” forever.  This hurt your chances at getting a job, supporting yourself and your family, even buying a house or a car, or getting a loan to start a business.

However, new “increased eligibility” statutes are helping you take back control of your future, freeing you of having a “permanent record.”  In addition to being able to seal arrests and dismissals that did not result in permanent criminal convictions, you now may be able to seal prior criminal convictions.

Call us today at (720) 445-9779 or email us at Info@PeakLegalLLC.com to see if you may be able to seal your criminal conviction or other criminal record, such as an arrest or dismissal.  We are here to listen and help you.

The Colorado Defense Bar has worked with legislators to repeal and change past laws that prevented you from sealing your prior convictions from public view.  Statutes have changed quite a bit the last several years.  New changes in the law may allow you to even seal certain felony convictions that could not be sealed before.

Below is a chart that summarizes the recent law changes regarding sealing of criminal records.  For more detail or to see if your criminal conviction is eligible to be sealed, contact us today!

Type of convictionSealable?Time frameDisqualifications & conditions
Petty offenseDrug offenseYes1 year after dispositionConviction of a new criminal offense within 1 year after final disposition
Class 2 misdemeanorClass 3 misdemeanorDrug misdemeanorYes2 years after dispositionIf District Attorney or victim objects, a hearing will be setConviction of a new criminal offense within 2 years after final disposition
Class 4, 5, 6 felonyLevel 3 drug felonyLevel 4 drug felonyClass 1 misdemeanorYes3 years after dispositionIf District Attorney or victim objects, a hearing will be setConviction of a new criminal offense within 3 years after final disposition
Many other offensesYes5 years after dispositionIf District Attorney or victim objects, a hearing will be setConviction of a new criminal offense within 5 years after final disposition
Class 1, 2, 3, felonyLevel 1 drug felonyNoN/AN/A
Class 1, 2 traffic misdemeanorClass A, B trafficNoN/AN/A
DUIs/DWAIsDomestic violence10 “extraordinary risk” offenses20 unlawful sexual behavior offensesChild abuseNoN/AN/A

There are many other exceptions to eligibility for record sealing.  It also is important to note that sealed records can become unsealed if you get a new criminal conviction.

Peak Legal Services, LLC offers affordable rates for sealing records, as Doug and Todd believe everyone should be able to have a fresh start.  Sealing your criminal record comes down to knowing how to navigate the red tape, do the research, and submit the proper paperwork.

Doug, Todd, and their paralegal Bonnie have decades of experience working with the court system and law enforcement and getting all the right forms filed efficiently.

Call us today at (720) 445-9779 or email us at Info@PeakLegalLLC.com to get started on putting your criminal conviction behind you.  We are here to listen and help you.

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