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Every state is different with respect to the laws regarding the expungement or sealing of criminal records. Unfortunately,in Colorado, it is not usually possible to expunge or "seal" a conviction from your criminal record, even if you have completed your sentence (there are some limited exceptions for possession of controlled substances charges). Indeed, the Colorado Courts website notes that:
In order to qualify to have your criminal record sealed, you must meet one of the following requirements:
You were acquitted;
Your case was dismissed;
You completed a diversion agreement pursuant to C.R.S. § 18-1.3-101;
You have an arrest record, but you were not charged in court and the statute of limitations for the offense for which the you were arrested that has the longest statute of limitations has run; OR
You have an arrest record, but you were not charged in court, the statute of limitations has not run and you are no longer being investigated by law enforcement for commission of the offense.
Additionally, even if you met one of those requirements, all fines, fees and court costs would have to be paid first.
Assuming you don't meet those qualifications, then your only option would be to seek a pardon. A pardon won't seal the record, but it is an act of forgiveness for the crime, and would allow you to tell people that you were pardoned. There is no fee to apply for a pardon. I will tell you that the pardon process can take a long time (given the number of people that apply) and that they are not often granted, and preference would likely be given to those individuals long since removed from any conviction -e.g., people who have completed their sentence and stayed out of trouble for at least 10+ years. Even so, you have nothing to lose by applying. If you click on that link above, and scroll down, you will see the link to the application.
I realize this is not the news you wanted to hear, but I can only tell you what the law provides, and I am sure you appreciate the truth. Telling you anything less would be unfair to you and unethical of me.
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