A criminal conviction can have a significant effect on your livelihood and your future, and should never be taken lightly. That being said, there are some instances when a criminal conviction cannot be avoided. Does this mean you should resign yourself to a lifetime of consequences? No!
Juveniles are eligible to have their criminal history
expunged, and some adult convictions may be sealed as well. To expunge a criminal record means that the criminal charge will be removed from your record completely and you will be able to proceed as though the conviction never occurred. Sealed records differ. When records are sealed, most people will not be able to access this information except law enforcement and other criminal agencies. Wondering if your criminal record can be sealed? Let our Colorado Springs
defense lawyer explain how you can take steps to make this happen.
How to Seal a Colorado Arrest Record
One of the major benefits of sealing your record is that you do not have to disclose this information on school applications or in job interviews. Law enforcement will have this information in the event you are accused of another crime, but otherwise, the record being sealed is as though it never occurred to begin with.
You case may be eligible to be sealed if:
- You were arrested but not charged with a crime
- Your case was dismissed
- You were found not guilty of any criminal charges
- You arrest involved a controlled substance and you have not been arrested since
- You were underage when the arrest was made
You may run into problems sealing your criminal record if:
- You were not charged due a plea bargain
- You case was dismissed due to a plea bargain
- You did not meet all the conditions of your sentence
Some crimes are never eligible to be sealed, specifically those that involve class 1 or 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses,
driving under the influence,
unlawful sexual behavior, or those involving the actions of a commercial driver's license.
If you are wondering if you may be eligible, consult with an experienced criminal attorney that can explain your rights and how to proceed. During these times, Attorney Samuelson is here to advocate for you. Serving clients since 1997, our criminal lawyer is dedicated to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you are not taken advantage of after an arrest. Speak directly with our team by scheduling your free consultation today!