Colorado Criminal Record Services
Don’t Let Your Past Handcuff Your Future
Having a criminal record in Colorado often limits many opportunities and rights afforded to others. Whether you’re charged, convicted, or only arrested, a criminal record is created with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and housed in their Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (ICJIS). Colorado then makes its criminal records accessible to the public and corporations via an online database maintained by a private company.
Criminal records can make getting the job you want seem impossible, make living where you want out of reach, and may even revoke some of your constitutional rights like voting or owning a gun. Even though you’ve completed your sentence, mistakes from your past can follow you around for the rest of your life. Thankfully, Colorado law provides a way for many to expunge arrests and convictions, particularly since the passage of new expungement laws in HB 1275.
Our law firm has helped thousands of clients deal with criminal records of every kind, and we hear success stories from them often. If a conviction in Colorado is holding you back in life, keep reading to see what you can do about it.
Know Your Options
Colorado provides a few methods to deal with a criminal record, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the incidents on your record to determine the best method of relief. We use the terms “expungement” and “record sealing” interchangeably, but, technically, you seal adult records and expunge juvenile records.
The most common remedies to deal with a criminal record in Colorado include:
- Sealing Arrest Records in Colorado
- Sealing Convictions in Colorado
- Expunging Juvenile Records in Colorado
Summaries of Our Colorado Services
Colorado generally allows quite a few people to seal arrest records, misdemeanor convictions, felony convictions, and juvenile records. However, Colorado’s process of restoring firearm rights is very difficult, as the only current method is through a governor’s pardon.
Sealing Colorado Convictions: Sealing a Colorado misdemeanor or felony conviction makes the sealed conviction inaccessible to the public, allowing you to pass background checks and legally state that the conviction never occurred. Certain criminal justice agencies may access sealed records, but you may legally state that you have not been convicted of the sealed conviction.
Sealing Arrest Records in Colorado: When you seal an arrest record in Colorado, it will no longer be available to the public, will not show up in a background check, and allows you to legally state that the arrest never occurred. Certain criminal justice agencies may access sealed records, but you may legally state that you were never arrested.
On the service-specific pages linked above, we will review information about these Colorado criminal record services in more detail, covering both how to qualify and the effects for each of them.
This Information is for You
Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.
You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our Secure Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.
Legal Effects of Record Sealing and Expungement
How will sealing a Colorado criminal record help me get a job?
Record sealing is Colorado’s best available option to improve your chances of getting a job with a misdemeanor or felony convictions on your record. If the court orders your conviction sealed, it will no longer be available to the public or appear in most background checks for employment.
If your conviction is sealed, you may legally state that you have not been convicted of a crime under Colorado law, and criminal justice agencies are required to state that the sealed records do not exist. However, certain criminal justice agencies may access sealed records for limited purposes, and the Colorado State Bar may access sealed records when admitting attorneys for practice.
Will sealing Colorado criminal record restore my Second Amendment rights?
Unfortunately, sealing criminal records in Colorado will have no effect on your firearm rights. Under current Colorado law, the only way to restore your firearm rights is to get a pardon from the Governor of Colorado.
What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record
If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals. Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.
Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Colorado include:
- Being able to legally state that you have not been arrested, charged, or convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
- Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
- No longer being treated as a felon
- Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
- Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
- Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
- Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to highly sensitive personal information
We Are Here To Help
To move forward, it’s important to determine what Colorado criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Colorado criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a Colorado criminal record.
You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Colorado state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!
- A license, certificate, or permit issued by the state to practice such individual’s profession;
- Any license issued under chapter 313 or permit issued under chapter 571;
- Paid or unpaid employment with an entity licensed under chapter 313, any state-operated lottery, or any emergency services provider, including any law enforcement agency;
- Employment with any federally insured bank or savings institution or credit union or an affiliate of such institution or credit union for the purposes of compliance with 12 U.S.C. Section 1829 and U.S.C. Section 1785;
- Employment with any entity engaged in the business of insurance or any insurer for the purpose of complying with 18 U.S.C. Section 1033, 18 U.S.C. Section 1034, or other similar law which requires an employer engaged in the business of insurance to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions from employment; or
- Employment with any employer that is required to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions from employment due to federal or state law, including corresponding rules and regulations.