Helping You Move Past Your Criminal Record
Recently, Colorado became the seventh state in the nation to pass a so-called clean slate law to limit the public’s access to certain criminal records. Gov. Jared Polis signed the Clean Slate Act into law on June 14, resulting in brighter futures for many people who have prior arrests and other offenses on their record.
At The Foley Law Firm, we can assist you in using the Clean Slate Act to your advantage if you have a prior record. For more than 30 years, we have served the people of the Pikes Peak region with all aspects of criminal defense and expungement law.
The Clean Slate Act: What To Know
Colorado’s new law is fairly straightforward: As long as an offender does not reoffend within a certain amount of time, the state will seal their eligible prior offenses from public view. People like landlords, employers, creditors and members of the public will not have access to them, though law enforcement agencies and court officials will.
This is how the new law will affect various charges:
- Civil offenses: Sealed automatically after four years
- Misdemeanors and petty offenses: Sealed automatically after seven years
- Felonies: Sealed automatically after 10 years
Violent crimes such as assault, battery, rape and murder do not qualify for sealing. Even if you have a conviction for a violent crime, you can seal the aforementioned eligible offenses, which can give you a better chance at finding housing and employment.
Ask An Attorney About Sealing Your Record
If you have offenses on your record that would qualify for sealing, you can look to us for guidance. Our criminal defense lawyers can assist you in moving on from your past and starting a new future. To schedule a FREE consultation with us, please call CALL or send us an email.