Record Sealing And Expungement
Having a criminal record can affect many parts of your life long after the date of your arrest. It can affect your employment prospects, your ability to find housing, get a loan or even gain admission to college. Depending on your unique situation, you may be able to have your criminal record or case sealed or expunged, preventing prospective employers, universities, colleges and other members of the public from accessing that information.
At The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, in Fort Collins, Colorado, we help individuals clear criminal convictions from their records. Our firm has a keen understanding of the criminal record sealing and expungement laws. We can evaluate your situation and determine the best course of action.
What Can Be Sealed?
When you come in for your free initial consultation, an attorney can evaluate your situation to determine if your records are eligible to be sealed. In general, some records may be able to be sealed and expunged if:
- You were acquitted or your case was dismissed
- You were never charged in court and the statute of limitations for your alleged crime has run out
- The statute of limitations has not run out, but you are no longer under investigation and you have not been charged in court.
There are, however, certain records that are not eligible to be sealed; for example:
- Cases that were dismissed as a result of a separate plea agreement
- Cases for which you still owe court fees and fines
- Records for both juvenile and adult criminal charges may be eligible to be expunged. Expungement requires paperwork and fees, legwork that can best be facilitated by an experienced lawyer.