Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Colorado DUI Laws to learn more.
How soon can criminal records get sealed in Colorado?
Defendants can petition the court to seal dismissed criminal charges right away in Colorado. But if the defendant gets convicted – and the crime is sealable – then there is a waiting period of one to five years depending on the case:
In order to seal conviction records, the defendant must file a JDF 612 form with the Colorado court that heard the case. And to seal arrest records (where there was no conviction), the defendant must file a JDF 417 form with the Colorado court.
Note that as of March 1, 2022, no crimes are prosecuted as class 3 misdemeanors. SB21-271.
How soon can UDD convictions be expunged in Colorado?
Colorado defendants convicted of underage drinking and driving (UDD) with a blood alcohol content of 0.02% to 0.05% can petition for a record expungement upon turning 21. Dismissed cases can be expunged right away.
In order to expunge UDD records, the defendant must file a JDF 305 form with the court that heard the case.
How soon can convictions of underage possession of alcohol or marijuana be expunged in Colorado?
Defendants convicted of underage possession or consumption of alcohol or marijuana can petition for a record expungement one year after the case ends. Dismissed cases can be expunged immediately.
In order to expunge underage alcohol or marijuana possession records, the defendant must file a JDF 313(b) form with the court that heard the case.
How soon can juvenile records be expunged in Colorado?
There is no wait to expunge dismissals or acquittals. But the wait to petition to expunge juvenile delinquencies is one year, three years, or five years, depending on the case. And the following cases can never be expunged:
A felony offense involving unlawful sexual behavior;
A homicide or related offense; or
A traffic offense / infraction
Furthermore, people adjudicated as aggravated or violent juvenile offenders are ineligible for expungements.
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.
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