Expungement and Record Sealings
Being convicted of a crime can result in criminal record. However, simply being arrested and charged with a crime – even if the charges may have been dropped or a person was ultimately acquitted – can also result in a criminal record. What this means is that, when future potential employers or others run background checks on you:
They can readily review your criminal record.
- You may be forced to have embarrassing, uncomfortable conversations about your past.
- You may have a difficult time moving on from your past.
- You could lose out on important job, education, borrowing and other opportunities.
At Peter Loyd Weber & Associates, our Broomfield and Boulder expungement and record sealing attorneys believe that people deserve a chance to have a fresh start and that past mistakes shouldn’t necessarily cloud the future. That is why we are here to help people pursue expungements and record sealings so that they can start a new chapter in their lives and focus on a bright future.
Expungement and Record Sealings: The Difference
Although the terms expungement and record sealings are often used interchangeably, they are different, and distinguishing between an expungement versus a record sealing is important to understanding what these options entail. In general, the difference is that:
- Sealing criminal records essentially hides these records from the general public. Sealed records may, however, be accessible in some cases (such as when people may be facing new criminal charges).
- With an expungement, the criminal records are essentially destroyed so that, in effect, it will be as though the crime was never committed.
While record sealings can be effective for adults, expungements are typically reserved for people with juvenile criminal records.
Expungement and Record Sealings: Who Is Eligible in Colorado
Not everyone can get their criminal records expunged or sealed, as there are very specific qualifications that have to be met in order to be eligible for expungement and record sealings in Colorado. For adults seeking record sealings of adult criminal records, the general requirements that have to be met include (but may not be limited to) the following:
- No conviction was associated with the case – This specifically means that a person must not have been convicted of the crime because his case was dismissed, no criminal charges were ever filed (and the statute of limitations for filing charges has passed) or the person was ultimately acquitted of the charges. Cases related to deferred sentences or deferred prosecution can also qualify for record sealings.
- The conviction was for a petty offense or a municipal violation – Convictions related to certain petty offenses and municipal violations may also be eligible for record sealings, as long as the offense qualifies, at least three years have passed since the case (and the final day of any court supervision) and no new offenses have been allegedly committed by the person seeking the record sealing.
- The conviction occurred a long time ago and didn’t involve certain crimes – Cases in which a person was convicted of certain drug offenses, more than 10 years have passed since those offenses and no new offense has been committed may also be eligible for record sealings.
For an expungement of a juvenile criminal record, there are various requirements that have to be met, so it’s best to discuss these cases with an experienced expungement and record sealing attorney like those at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates.
Broomfield and Boulder Expungement Attorneys at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates
Are you ready to seal or expunge your criminal record and start a new chapter in your life? If so, the Broomfield and Boulder attorneys at the Peter Loyd Weber & Associates are ready to help you.
To discuss your options and the next steps for moving forward, call us today at (720) 863-7755 or email us using the contact form on this page. We offer complimentary consultations, and we take pride in always being available to our clients – 24 hours per day, 7 days per week – so that they have the personal attention their case deserves.
From our offices based in Northglenn, Broomfield and Boulder, we provide the strongest defense and highest quality legal services to our clients throughout Weld County, Adams County and the state of Colorado.