Michael T. Kossen, P.C.
Castle Rock Colorado Expungement Lawyer
Colorado Sealing Criminal Records Lawyer
My Case Was Dismissed... Why is it Showing up on my Record Now?
It's no secret that a criminal conviction can affect one's life forever. But when an individual is charged with a crime and the charge is dismissed, one would expect that all records would be erased, and the individual could go on living his or her life.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of cases throughout Colorado in which an individual was either wrongly accused of a crime, or the charge was dismissed, but the charge still exists on his or her record. Other people were convicted of a crime years ago, have served their sentence and gone on to live law-abiding, productive lives - but are still paying the price of having a criminal record. These individuals can experience negative effects, from the inability to gain meaningful employment and difficulty renting an apartment, to the possibility of not being able to travel outside of the country.
At Michael T. Kossen, P.C., Attorneys at Law, in Castle Rock, Colorado, we work closely with clients who wish to have their criminal records sealed. If you have an old criminal conviction or a prior arrest record which is causing you problems, we may be able to help. Contact us online or call our law firm at 303-791-6500 to schedule a free consultation .
Sealing Arrest and Criminal Records
Sealing a criminal record (sometimes called expungement) is the process through which a person's criminal record is cleared of a dropped charge, arrest or conviction. When you obtain a sealing of your records, you are legally allowed to tell future employers, educational institutions or other individuals or other individuals that no such records exist. You, in essence, eliminate your criminal past or criminal allegations against you. You get a fresh start in life.
You may be eligible to petition the court for a sealing of your criminal records in a number of ways.
A dismissed case in which all charges were dismissed can, in most circumstances, be permanently removed from your record. Although the case may be dismissed, a background check will still likely show arrest and other criminal records. If you are trying to get a job, many potential employers will stop your employment efforts at this point. Do not be turned away from a possible job or other Opportunities. You have the right to get these records sealed and should take advantage of this right. Your right to privacy and a productive lifestyle depends on it. Let us assist you in getting these charges removed from your record.
Certain drug convictions or convictions regarding controlled substances can also be sealed, even though you pled guilty or were found guilty at trial. These convictions that can be sealed include both misdemeanors and felonies . Do not let past drug use or possession block you from having a productive future and/or getting the employment that you desire. The negative ramifications of being associated with a drug past can permanently deprive you of the future you deserve. Let us assist you in getting this drug or controlled substance charge removed from your record.
Past alcohol use or minor in possession charges can also be removed from your record and can be sealed. These type of records can also greatly influence how you are treated and whether or not you will be successful in the employment process or in getting into the school you desire. Let us help you get your minor in possession (MIP) records sealed before they negatively impact your future.
An underage drinking and driving (UDD) offense may also be eligible to be sealed. This type of charge will likely greatly effect you in many areas of your life including future employment and possible educational opportunities if you leave the record open. Let us help you get your underage drinking and driving offense sealed.
Michael T. Kossen is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you petition the court to seal your criminal record. You must meet a number of qualifications to be eligible to have your criminal record sealed, and a thorough assessment of your background will be done before you are approved to have your record sealed.
Even if you are not eligible for a sealing, we can also review your record and provide clarification letters that may be of assistance to you when you are in the interview process and trying to obtain employment. Potential employers are often confused by what they see in criminal background checks. Let us help you obtain the explanation you need to get your foot in the door and obtain the employment of your dreams. Do not be de-railed by your past criminal acts. Let us help you convince a future employer that you are indeed the right man or woman for the job.
The sealing of criminal records can greatly benefit individuals who have been wrongly accused of a crime, or those with a criminal record. When a background check shows a questionable history, individuals can be denied jobs, rental property, and more. Through sealing of their records, these individuals can move forward confidently toward the future.
Expungement of Juvenile Records
Most juvenile records are eligible to be sealed through an expungement of court records. Most juvenile records can be expunged, even if you were found guilty or plead guilt to the charge. In spite of the fact that these are considered "confidential" juvenile records, many employers and educational institutions still consider these records in their review of whether to hire you or accept you for their program. By successfully expunging your juvenile records, you can obtain a legal order that confirms that these records to not exist. You can eliminate your criminal juvenile past.
Contact Us for a FREE Review of Your Criminal Records
Contact us to schedule a free consultation about sealing your criminal record with our attorney, contact us online or call our Colorado law firm at 303-791-6500 . We will conduct a free comprehensive review of whether or not your record(s) can be sealed. You may be eligible to seal all or part of your criminal records. Do not sit on your rights and lose the opportunities that you deserve. Let us help you eliminate the negative ramifications of past criminal conduct.