Colorado Criminal Record Services
Don’t Let Your Past Hurt Your Future
Having a criminal record in Colorado can really hold you back in life. When 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.
This can make getting the job you want seem impossible. It can make living where you want out of reach. You may even have had some of your constitutional rights revoked like voting or owning a gun. Even though you’ve completed your sentence and moved on, 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 its new expungement laws in HB 1275.
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 figure out what’s the best method for you to deal with your criminal record. 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:
Colorado generally allows quite a few people to seal arrest records, misdemeanor convictions, and felony convictions. However, Colorado makes restoring your firearm rights very difficult, as the only current method is a governor’s pardon.
On the service-specific pages linked above, we will go over information about both of these post-conviction remedies in more detail, covering both how to qualify for these remedies and what the effects are for each of them.
This Information is for You
Since most people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people can follow along and get the information they need to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we want to be clear that some of this stuff can get pretty 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 very helpful in figuring out what your options are. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate all of the time, but our lawyers have invested a lot of time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.
You can get started now 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. However, 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.
Advantages of Record Sealing and Expungement
When you seal a record in Colorado it will no longer be available to the public or appear in background checks. This obviously makes things like getting a job far easier. However, various criminal justice agencies can access sealed records in specific circumstances. In contrast, when you expunge a juvenile record, the record is completely destroyed as if it never happened.
The bottom line is that an expunged or sealed criminal record will not show up in virtually any background check related to employment.
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
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 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.
There are numerous requirements discussed in our Colorado resources, but the main requirements to expunge your record are that you’ve completed your sentence, your conviction was not for a disqualifying offense, you have satisfied the relevant waiting period, and that your criminal history isn’t too extensive.
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. Our firm 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.
Who We Are
Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate the very specific part 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 our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo. 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.