Plead guilty to possession of paraphernalia ticket around 2007, and would like to get it off my record, what are my options?
If your conviction was in a Colorado court and the judgment of conviction was entered before July 1, 2008, you do not have any option other than asking the Governor for a pardon. There is no provision for sealing those records, and Colorado law does not provide for the expungement of convictions.
The statute of limitations is the period of time within which a person or the government can file a lawsuit, including the filing of criminal charges against someone, and does not really have anything to do with the substance of your question.
You have a long wait and you must keep your record clean.
If you're referring to a conviction for paraphernalia, e.g. Possession or sale of paraphernalia is a class 2 petty offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 §18-18-427. If the conviction entered in 2007:
For convictions prior to 2008 pursuant to §24-72-308.5 (4)(a)(I) and (II), you can apply to have it sealed if in addition to meeting the other eligibility guidelines:
(b) For any judgment of conviction entered prior to July 1, 2008, for which the defendant would otherwise qualify for relief under this section, the defendant may obtain an order from the court to seal conviction records if:
(I) The prosecuting attorney does not object to the sealing; and
(II) The defendant pays to the office of the prosecuting attorney all reasonable attorney fees and costs of the prosecuting attorney relating to the petition to seal prior to the entry of an order sealing the conviction records; and
(III) The defendant pays:
(A) The filing fee required by law; and
(B) An additional filing fee of two hundred dollars to cover the actual costs related to the filing of the petition to seal records.
If the offense occurred in 2007 but conviction entered in 2008: For convictions for drug offenses entered on or after July 1, 2008, and prior to July 1, 2011, the petition to seal must be filed ten or more years after the fate of final disposition and there are other qualifying criteria.
Consult a criminal defense attorney for review of your record to see if you might qualify. The eligibility criteria are too numerous to mention here.
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