In Denver and Douglas County, a juvenile can petition the court to expunge their criminal record if they receive an adjudication in juvenile court for a crime such as Public Indecency or Unlawful Sexual Contact. However, there are some cases where a juvenile cannot expunge their record. For this reason, it's imperative you have an experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyer working on your child's case. We can often convince the District Attorney to reduce criminal charges or work out a favorable plea bargain deal. In other cases, we may be able to help a juvenile deregister as a sex offender.
When a Juvenile Record in Arapahoe County and Jefferson County Can Be Expunged
In juvenile sex crime cases and other types of criminal cases in Arapahoe County and Jefferson County, it is best to work with a criminal defense attorney who can offer a sealable offense to the DA when your child takes a plea bargain deal. Below are some of the circumstances where a juvenile / teen cannot expunge their record:
- If they are a violent juvenile offender / they've been adjudicated for a crime of violence;
- If they are an aggravated juvenile offender;
- As a juvenile, they were charged as an adult for a crime (Direct Filing);
- They were adjudicated for an offense of unlawful sexual behavior.
Juvenile Expungement in Adams County vs. Adult Criminal Record Sealing
Juvenile record expungement in Adams County is often an easier process than record sealing for adults. For example, if a child receives a deferred adjudication to a charge which can later be expunged, the expungement process is not very difficult. In other cases, a child can expunge their record after a waiting period following the end of their probation or Adams County Jail sentence. Juvenile record expungement provides hope for juveniles and teens. Being able to expunge a criminal record can mean getting into the school of their choice, qualifying for scholarships or living in an apartment with their friends.
If your child or juvenile has more questions about juvenile record expungement in Colorado, we suggest that you hire a criminal defense attorney from the O'Malley Law Office to help with your child's case. It's important your child knows what their long-term options are in advance and can work towards achieving the best possible outcome in their case. Call us at 303-830-0880 to set up a free initial consultation. Together, we can protect your child's future.
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