Overview Description

Records relating to a petty offense or drug petty offense can be sealed by the court one year after final disposition or release from supervision if the person has no subsequent conviction. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-72-706(1)(b)(I). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

Ineligible Category or Citation

The offenses listed in C.R.S. § 24-72-706(2)(a) are ineligible for sealing, unless the district attorney consents or the court finds that the need for sealing is substantial, the person is no longer a threat to public safety, and public disclosure of the record is no longer necessary. C.R.S. § 24-72-706(2)

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court of conviction. For the specific procedure, see Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-72-706.

Fees

There is a processing fee of $65, which the court can waive upon a determination of indigency. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-72-705(2)(a).

Effect

Sealing does not deny acccess to any court, law enforcement agency, prosecuting attorney, or person or entity required by law to conduct a criminal history check. The person and all criminal justice agencies can reply to inquiries that public criminal records do not exist. Employers, educational institutions, and state and local government agencies, officials, and employees are prohibited from inquiring into sealed records on applications or in interviews, with exceptions. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-72-703.

Forms

Sealing information can be found here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed one year after disposition or release from supervision, whichever is later.

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