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What is a criminal expungement?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2014 | Underage Drinking and Driving |

If you have been convicted of a crime in Colorado, you may have realized that it is often difficult to take positive steps forward with your life with the weight of the conviction holding you back.

Even being charged with a crime can have a detrimental effect on your life even no matter if the charges were dropped or you were found not guilty.

Potential employers, lenders, schools and landlords can all see a past criminal charge or conviction as a reason to deny you, despite the fact that you have worked hard to turn your life around.

Luckily, a fresh start is available to many Colorado residents in this situation and it is called expungement.

An expungement is a process in which the court “sets aside” a person’s arrest or criminal record. The record may not be entirely erased, but it will be sealed from all parties but certain government agencies.

Without a criminal record, it may become much easier to get hired, be accepted for a loan, find a place to live or go back to school.

Under Colorado law, people who were convicted of crimes as juveniles often have success getting their convictions set aside through the expungement process.

It is also possible for people who have been charged with crimes to have their charges removed from their records if the charges were eventually dropped or dismissed, or other outcomes that did not result in a conviction.

Finally, certain sex offenders who have not been deemed sexually violent and meet a variety of requirements may be allowed to discontinue registering as a sex offender.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer in your area can provide you with more information on expungement and whether it may be apply to your situation.