A criminal record can cast a shadow over various aspects of life, impacting employment opportunities, housing prospects, and even personal relationships. In Colorado, individuals who have faced criminal convictions may find solace in the legal processes of expungement and record sealing, both offering a chance for a fresh start. Boal Law, a trusted legal ally in Colorado Springs, is committed to helping individuals navigate these processes with expertise and empathy. In this article, we explore the intricacies of expungement and record sealing, shedding light on the potential for a renewed life after a criminal conviction.

The Need for Expungement and Record Sealing

A criminal record can be a barrier to personal and professional growth. Additionally, employment, education, and housing opportunities can be limited for individuals with a criminal record. Boal Law understands that expungement and record sealing open doors to these opportunities, enabling clients to rebuild their lives and pursue their goals. In 2019, Colorado passed HB19-1275, Increased Eligibility For Criminal Record Sealing, which expanded who was eligible for record sealing. While the process can be arduous, the transformative power of expungement and record sealing can allow individuals to move forward unburdened by the shadows of prior convictions.

The Process of Expungement and Record Sealing

1. Understanding Expungement

Expungement is a legal process that erases or eliminates a criminal record. Not all convictions are eligible for expungement, and the process varies based on factors such as the type of offense and the outcome of the case.

2. Record Sealing Defined

Record sealing involves restricting public access to certain criminal records. While the records are not completely erased, they are effectively sealed from public view, providing a layer of privacy and protection.

Eligibility Criteria

Juvenile Offenses

In Colorado, certain juvenile offenses are automatically eligible for expungement, emphasizing the state’s commitment to providing a second chance for youthful mistakes. Having an experienced attorney to represent your child’s interests can help ensure that they aren’t shackled with a conviction as an adult.

Certain Misdemeanors and Low-Level Offenses

Many low-level offenses, particularly those related to drug possession or minor theft, may be eligible for record sealing. While some convictions, such as felonies, level 1 drug felony offenses, and sex crimes are ineligible, Boal Law can assess the specifics of each case to determine eligibility and, if eligible, help you seal the record.

Non-Convictions and Dismissals

Cases resulting in non-convictions, such as dismissals or acquittals, are typically eligible for expungement or record sealing, but you must petition the court to do so. Boal Law can guide clients in navigating these processes to ensure a clean slate.

Steps to Expungement and Record Sealing

  1. Legal Consultation: Boal Law begins the process with a comprehensive legal consultation. Understanding the specifics of the case is crucial for determining eligibility and developing a tailored strategy.
  2. Document Gathering: We assist our clients in gathering necessary documents, including court records and arrest reports. Ensuring the accuracy and completeness of these documents is vital for a successful expungement or record-sealing application.
  3. Petition Filing: Boal Law files the petition for expungement or record sealing on behalf of the client. The legal team navigates the court system, ensuring that all required documents and information are submitted accurately and promptly.
  4. Court Appearance: Depending on the circumstances, a court appearance may be necessary. If so, Boal Law provides representation during court proceedings, advocating for our client’s right to a fresh start.
  5. Notification and Compliance: We advise and assist clients in fulfilling any additional requirements set by the court, such as community service or restitution. Ensuring compliance with these requirements is critical for a successful expungement or record sealing.

The Impact of Expungement and Record Sealing

Job Opportunities

With a clean record, individuals have enhanced prospects for employment, removing an impediment that often serves as a roadblock to getting a desired job.

Educational Pursuits

Expungement and record sealing open doors to educational opportunities, without the hindrance of a publicized criminal record, which can hamper admission, as well as student loans and grants.

Personal Relationships

A clean record contributes to healthier personal relationships. Being saddled with a criminal record is something few people want. We understand the importance of rebuilding trust and fostering positive connections with family, friends, and the community.

Get Free of Your Past

Boal Law, with its dedication to justice and client advocacy, can help individuals seeking a fresh start after a criminal conviction. Expungement and record sealing are powerful legal tools that can pave the way for a brighter future. As you embark on the journey to clear your record, let Boal Law be your guide, offering not just legal expertise but also compassionate support. Your past should not define your future, and with Boal Law by your side, you can step into a new chapter unencumbered by the weight of prior mistakes. Reclaim your life, protect your record, and embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

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