Each person is more than the worst mistake that they have ever made. The criminal defense attorneys of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP were excited to see the Colorado General Assembly make a recent change to the sealing statute that now allows for a person with multiple, or ‘intervening,” criminal convictions to now seek sealing of those cases.
HB 21-1214 became law and went into effect on September 7, 2021. Eventually codified as Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-42-709, this statute now allows for individuals who have multiple eligible convictions to petition the Court to seal their records. Previously, someone who had a felony conviction that was otherwise eligible for sealing may have faced numerous obstacles or even had their sealing denied based on the mere fact that they had another misdemeanor or low-level offense that would have prevented sealing.
A criminal record can be a barrier to advancing your career, obtaining housing, and can negatively affect your reputation if accessed by the wrong individual. It is important to have a team that understands that your record from decades earlier does not reflect the person you have become and a team that fully understands the nuances of the sealing timelines and associated requirements. If not handled correctly, a ruling against you may impact your ability to re-petition a court for sealing for a set amount of time.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the consequences of a record that could be sealed, now is a good time to meet with qualified Colorado criminal defense lawyers to discuss your options. You might be able to close this chapter and move on with a lawyer’s guidance. Our legal team has received recognition for our criminal defense work.
If you want to see if you might be eligible to have your record sealed, please contact the McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP team at (303) 832-8888.