Minimize The Harm Of A Criminal Record

In an era when so much information is readily accessible to the public, criminal records are no exception. Prospective employers, educational institutions, professional licensing boards, lenders, insurance companies and other entities routinely perform background checks that will expose an encounter with law enforcement — even if it occurred long ago and no conviction resulted.

There are many important reasons to consider filing a petition to seal your arrest and criminal record. Even an arrest for a low-level drug offense many years ago may be a serious barrier to achieving your career, educational or other life goals. At The Law Office of Mark T. Langston, P.C., a highly experienced, knowledgeable lawyer will explore your situation and determine whether you are eligible for this remedy.

Basic Information On Record Sealing Requirements In Colorado

"Record Sealing" is the legal process whereby one petitions the court to enter an order sealing the publicly-accessible records of a criminal case that are maintained by various criminal justice agencies (the court, the police department, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, etc.). This process is sometimes referred to as "expungement," although that is not an accurate legal term under Colorado law.

Some important considerations regarding record sealing in Colorado include:

  • If you were never formally charged, the case against you was dismissed or you were acquitted, record sealing is likely a viable option for you.
  • Colorado law allows for the sealing of the records of some cases that resulted in a conviction for a drug-related offense (excluding sale/distribution/manufacturing).
  • Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, a petition for record sealing may require that you demonstrate that you have not been charged with any other criminal offense in the years since.
  • If you are eligible and choose to petition for a sealing of your record, the process will typically take several months, so it is important to begin the process as soon as you are eligible to file the petition.

Your Resource For Reliable Counsel Based On Decades Of Experience

Boulder record sealing attorney Mark Langston is immersed in current Colorado laws and committed to providing sound, reliable legal guidance to every client. For a consultation on eligibility for record sealing or any other concern in the realm of criminal law, please call 303-440-9684 or contact our law firm online.