Mr. Eastman serves as the firm’s managing partner, and is licensed to practice law in California, Oregon, and Texas.
Sam has helped thousands of clients expunge, seal, and set-aside records across the country, and has a passion for criminal justice reform. Previously, Mr. Eastman represented a number of corporate clients, focusing on tax law, mergers and acquisitions, and a variety of corporate transactions.
Mr. Eastman earned his JD and LLM from the University of San Diego School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon.
SEALING ARREST RECORDS IN COLORADO
If You've Been Arrested, You Have a Record
Having a criminal record in Colorado often limits many opportunities and rights afforded to others. Even when you’re only arrested, a criminal record is created with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and housed in their Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (ICJIS). Colorado then makes its criminal records accessible to the public and corporations via an online database maintained by a private company.
This Information Is For You
Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.
You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our secure, confidential Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.
Can You Seal Your Colorado Arrest Record?
Colorado law allows for the sealing of arrest records in many situations under Colo. Rev. Stat. 24-72-702 and Colo. Rev. Stat. 24-72-704, but not every criminal record qualifies. There can also be some surprisingly complicated rules and procedures in the record sealing process. Below is a good summary of the requirements to qualify to seal an arrest record in Colorado, but our Secure Eligibility Test is likely more accurate, as it uses more information.
Sealing Your Arrest Record When You Haven't Been Convicted
When you have a criminal record without a finding of guilt, Colorado law is generally referring to one of the following situations:
- Your charges were dismissed
- You were arrested, but no charges were filed
- You were given diversion or other probation which resulted in charges being dismissed or withheld
- You were found not guilty or acquitted at trial
In the above situations, there may not have been a finding of guilt, but the arrest record will remain on your criminal record, regardless of there being merit to the charges. Fortunately, Colorado residents can typically seal this type of a record, if a few requirements are met.
General Requirements to Seal a Colorado Arrest Record
- You have no pending criminal proceedings against you
- You have paid all fines, fees, restitution, and financial obligations imposed by the court
- All terms of your sentence have been successfully completed
- You cannot seal Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses or Class A or B traffic offenses
- Your case cannot concern the holder of a commercial driver’s license or the operation of a commercial motor vehicle
- Your dismissal cannot be the result of a plea agreement in a separate case where you were convicted
- You record pertains to a deferred judgement and sentence for a felony offense for the factual basis involved in Unlawful Sexual Behavior as defined in CRS 16-22-102(9)
Legal Effects of Sealing Arrest Records in Colorado
How will sealing an arrest record in Colorado help me get a job?
Record sealing is Colorado’s best available option to improve your chances of getting a job when you have arrests on your criminal record. If the court orders your arrest record sealed, it will no longer be available to the public or appear in most background checks for employment.
If your arrest is sealed, you may legally state that you have not been arrested, and criminal justice agencies are required to state that the sealed records do not exist. However, certain criminal justice agencies may access sealed records for limited purposes, and the Colorado State Bar may access sealed records when admitting attorneys for practice.
Will sealing Colorado arrest records restore my Second Amendment rights?
Unfortunately, sealing arrest records in Colorado will have no effect on your firearm rights. Under current Colorado law, the only way to restore your firearm rights is to get a pardon from the Governor of Colorado. It should be noted that it is rare for an arrest record to result in your firearm rights being taken away.
What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record
If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals. Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.
Some of the Potential Benefits of Sealing Your Arrest Record in Colorado Include:
- Removing a finding of guilt and closing the case on your criminal record to help you get a better job
- Restoring your Second Amendment Rights to own a firearm
- Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
- Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
- Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
- Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
We Are Here to Help
Each of Colorado's methods for dealing with your criminal record have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine what Colorado criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Colorado criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a Colorado criminal record.
You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Colorado state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!