New criminal record sealing statute makes sealing matters less expensive and time-consuming

The legislature of the State of Colorado made into law a more simplified process of sealing criminal justice records in which the charges were completely dismissed, where the defendant was acquitted, or where the defendant completed a deferred sentence or diversion agreement pursuant to statute.  In the same way that the previous process had some exceptions, such as traffic infractions, DUI/DWAIs or sex offenses, those exceptions still apply.  But the simplified process is very beneficial because it saves on both time and money: it no longer requires a separate civil case to be filed, the statutory filing fees are reduced, and it arguably takes less time to obtain an order to seal the arrest or criminal record at issue.  The simplified process applies to the sealing of justice records on or after August 10, 2016, according to the annotations of the Colorado Revised Statutes.  Now, the fees that attorneys charge for this service should be substantially reduced.  Please note that this simplified process does not pertain to sealing of criminal conviction records or municipal or petty offense convictions.  Please feel free to contact us for more information about this new law.

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