Why is sealing your record important?
To understand why it is important to seal your record, you need to realize the negative impact of an unsealed record can have on your life. In today's world, background checks are easy to obtain, and landlords, neighbors and employers have access to your record. If you leave your records unsealed, many negative things can happen in Littleton, Denver or Highlands Ranch:
- Difficulty renting a house
- Harassment from a neighborhood who knows your past
- Difficulty in finding a job
Even if your charges were dismissed, you may have an arrest or criminal record that is visible to the public. It is important for your quality of life to seal your record.
Can My Records be Sealed?
You are eligible to have your records sealed if:
- Charges were never filed
- Charges were filed, but were eventually dismissed
- If you were found not guilty after a trial
Do You Have to Appear in Court to Seal Your Record?
Yes, you will need to appear in court in Jefferson, Douglas or Broomfield County. A petition to seal criminal records is a separate proceeding from the original case, and is held in the judicial district court where your case occurred. When your lawyer has filed your petition, a hearing is set and the court alerts all the agencies and people that are involved in your case, such as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Denver District Attorney, and the police. Each person involved has the right to object to your petition, and a deadline in which to submit a written objection to the sealing of your records. Your attorney will advise the court on the appropriateness of any objection.Request a Free Consultation