Colorado Expungement and Sealing

Helping clients remove evidence of past criminal convictions

Expungement and sealing provide an opportunity for those convicted of certain crimes in Colorado to have their records made unavailable to the public. After an expungement or sealing takes place, in most cases a person convicted of a crime can truthfully answer on a job application that they have never been convicted of a crime. Crimes that are expunged or sealed are thus legally treated as if they never occurred.

What Is Expungement in Colorado?

Expungement in Colorado is a process by which juvenile delinquency records are “deemed to have never existed.”[1]. As such, expungement is typically only available for crimes committed by juveniles and, even then, the juvenile must meet several criteria before an expungement will be ordered and only certain crimes qualify.[2]

What Is Sealing in Colorado?

Sealing in Colorado is a process whereby an adult convicted of certain types of crimes may have their records “sealed,” meaning that a person can legally respond that no record of a conviction exists.

Can My Conviction be Sealed in Colorado?

The types of cases that can be can sealed in Colorado generally include the following:

  • Cases that were completely dismissed or which were never tried
  • Cases in which a defendant was acquitted at trial
  • Cases involving petty or municipal offenses
  • Most misdemeanor drug offenses

Generally, felony cases cannot be sealed; however, there are some exceptions which usually involve felony drug offenses.

The above information provides only a general description of the types of matters that may be eligible for expungement or sealing.  Expungement and sealing are highly fact-specific.

I Can Advise as to Whether Your Conviction May be Expunged or Sealed

To find out whether your case may be eligible for expungement or sealing, please call me for a free consultation. Once I learn about the facts and circumstances of your case, I can provide legal advice as to whether your case is one for which expungement or sealing may be available.

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[1] C.R.S. 19-1-103.

[2] C.R.S. 19-1-306; see also https://www.courts.state.co.us/Forms/SubCategory.cfm?Category=Seal.