Expungement Lawyers in Denver Helping You Get Your Second Chance
Bad decisions in life can lead to wrong turns and sometimes force good people off the beaten path. Hanging out with the wrong crowds, breaking the law, and taking risks that lead to legal trouble like arrests and convictions stain more than just your memory. Even small misdemeanors can plague your record and haunt your future decisions.
When you’re working hard to get your life back on track, poor choices don’t have to continue to define you or negatively impact important life decisions such as getting a job, buying a home, or securing a loan. Expungement lawyers with Ragab Law Firm, P.C. help you move on from your criminal record by clearing your criminal past.
Our team of Denver criminal defense attorneys works with you to understand your offenses and criminal history and petition the court to reconcile your juvenile records or criminal records long as all requirements are met.
You have a brighter future without the plague and stigma of a criminal record when you partner with Ragab Law Firm, P.C. to clear your record and get the blank slate you’ve earned.
Imagine starting fresh as soon as today when you call our law office to learn more about sealing and expungement options based on your specific situation through our free consultation. Speak with one of our criminal defense attorneys right now at 303-557-2011.
What is the Purpose of Expungement?
There are stigmas associated with having a criminal record, not to mention a number of drawbacks that hinder life events and decisions, including finding employment and a decent paying job, securing a loan, buying or renting a home, firearm restrictions, and ineligibility for loans and state aid, among other things.
A brighter future for you, your children, and your significant other is possible with expungement. The purpose of expungement is to erase or remove your criminal record when you meet all eligibility requirements under Colorado law.
The American Bar Association defines expungement as the legal process by which a record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from state or federal records. An expungement order directs the court to treat the criminal conviction as if it had never occurred, essentially removing it from a defendant’s criminal record and sometimes public record.
Not all crimes can be expunged, and expungement cases must first be vetted and a person with a criminal history must meet all necessary requirements to be considered for an expungement petition.
Our legal counsel with Ragab Law Firm, P.C., understands all of the necessary steps to sealing criminal records, and our attorneys can move you through the process seamlessly, start to finish.
What Crimes Can Be Expunged?
Past mistakes can’t always be removed from your record, especially when certain crimes are involved. Less serious crimes, however, related to a juvenile record or a past criminal record can be.
If you have committed a less serious, non-violent crime in Colorado, such as a municipal violation, petty offense, or crimes involving controlled substances, you might be eligible for expungement under state law, according to Colorado Statutes §§ 24-72-704 to 24-72-710.
You can petition to have your criminal record expunged under the following conditions:
- You were arrested but not charged with a crime, and the statute of limitations has run its course
- You were arrested but not charged with a crime and are no longer being investigated for the offense
- The case against you was dismissed
- You completed a diversion program
- You were found not guilty of the charges brought against you
- You were arrested as a result of mistaken identity but not charged with a crime
We can help you restore your name and clear your criminal record if you have been convicted of a petty offense or misdemeanor with record sealing. The first step is calling a criminal defense attorney with Ragab Law Firm, P.C. to better understand your conviction and possible, next steps forward.
What Crimes Cannot Be Expunged?
Leading a better life and working toward a brighter future after you’ve committed or been involved in a more serious convicted crime is always a positive step in the right direction.
Not all crimes, however, can be removed from your record regardless or in the eyes of the court. In the case of more serious criminal activities, expungement might not be an option. In Colorado, the following crimes will not qualify for record sealing, including:
- Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses
- Class A or B traffic infractions
- Convictions for driving under the influence
- Convictions for offenses based on unlawful sexual behavior
- Convictions involving the holder of a commercial driver’s license or the operator of a commercial motor vehicle
Other scenarios might prevent you from a record sealing option in court. If you were not charged because of a plea agreement in another case, or you have failed to meet all of the conditions of your sentence, your criminal case will not be cleared. As another example, if your case was dismissed because of a plea agreement in another case, your record cannot be sealed unless you wait ten years after the disposition of your case to apply. You must not have been charged with any other crimes in those ten years in order to be eligible.
If you have been convicted of a crime or want to remove a past crime from your record, contact us today at Ragab Law Firm, P.C. to discuss whether your prior convictions qualify for expungement or other possible solutions to improve your current situation.
Get Your Life Back and Clear your Criminal Record for Good
Don’t get stuck in your past or let prior choices or wrong decisions further impact your life.
Criminal record sealing is a possible path forward to clear your name and help course correct your future when you work with Ragab Law Firm, P.C. When hardworking citizens try to right their wrongs and prove change, it hurts our communities, cities, and the overall economy when they can’t contribute, pay taxes, own a home, or secure a job because of a prior conviction and criminal case.
Ragab Law Firm, P.C. makes second chances happen for folks with criminal pasts with alternatives such as criminal record sealing. We work with you to understand your offenses, past mistakes and history, and potential outcomes with an expungement petition to clear your name.
Sealing criminal records is what we do, and our team of criminal defense attorneys does it well. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you no longer have to manage awkward conversations about your background check or deal with stigmas that have to do with your past, not who you are now.
A fresh start for you, your family, and your significant other starts here. Contact us today and book a free consultation to discuss getting your case resolved. Speak with a criminal defense attorney right now and change your future at 303-557-2011.