Under Colorado law, criminal record expungement is not available for offenses committed as an adult. While many adult criminal records can be sealed, only juvenile records can be expunged. What is the difference between record sealing and expungement? Sealing a criminal record renders the criminal charge and arrest records unable to be seen on routine background checks by prospective employers, creditors, landlords and others. It is important to note, however, that sealed records can be viewed by law enforcement and under special circumstances such as professional licensing background checks. Expungement involves the removal of all traces of a criminal offense from a person's criminal record. It is as if the incident and resulting legal action never took place.
Sealings and expungements are not automatic and the process for receiving them can be quite complex for people who are not familiar with it. At Jurdem, LLC, our Colorado sealing and expungement lawyers provide sound advice and skillful legal representation to people whose futures depend on a clean criminal record. There are many advantages to expunging a juvenile record. Similar to record sealing, once a record has been expunged, the person is able to truthfully answer "no" when answering questions about the existence of those offenses on an application, and law enforcement agencies will respond to the public that "no record exists" if asked.
Helping You Understand the Expungement and Record Sealing Process
There are specific criteria that must be met in order for juvenile records to be expunged. In addition, records for certain types of offenses are not eligible for expungement, including offenses involving sexual misconduct. Each case is unique, however, and we provide a complete review of your criminal record to determine which offenses qualify. In every instance, we explore all possible options in search of a way to protect your interests.
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For legal representation from a firm that cares as much about your future as you do, turn to Jurdem, LLC. You can reach us by phone at 303-800-3509, toll free at 877-761-7852 or you can contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our exceptional attorneys. We accept major credit cards for our clients' convenience.