SEALING ARREST & CRIMINAL RECORDS
The Colorado Legislature has sorted cases into different categories for when a person is eligible to petition the Court to seal adult arrest and criminal records. You may be eligible to immediately petition the Court, to petition the court after a period of time has passed and if certain circumstances exist, or you may be ineligible.
A. You are eligible to petition the Court immediately if the following applies to your case:
- You were found not guilty of all charges at trial.
- You were charged with a crime, no guilty plea was entered, and all charges were dismissed with prejudice.
- You entered into a deferred sentence agreement with the prosecution, pled guilty to a charge, successfully completed all terms and conditions of the deferred sentence, your guilty plea was withdrawn, and the case was consequently dismissed with prejudice.
B. You are eligible to petition the Court after a time period if the following applies to your case:
- You were arrested but not charged with a crime and the statute of limitations has run for the most serious offense you were arrested for.
- You were offered a deferred prosecution, you successfully completed the terms and conditions of the deferred prosecution, and the statute of limitations has run for the most serious offense you were originally charged with.
- Your case was dismissed as part of a plea agreement in another case, 10 years has passed and you have not been charged with any criminal offenses since the final disposition of your case.