In order to seal an arrest it can be very helpful for your attorney to understand the details of your case as seen through the eyes of the judge. Consider going to your courthouse and requesting a copy of your specific court file. Depending on the type of case your file may be small or quite large. The courts obviously charge for this information so be prepared to pay a fee. If finances are a concern consider just obtaining a printed copy of the basics of your case history from the court clerk. This will help your attorney better understand the unique dynamics of your case especially when it comes time for your hearing.
Conduct Your Own Colorado Background Check
Every time you are arrested in Colorado it is reported directly to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This information is then relayed to other law enforcement agencies and commercial background companies who search for your records. You may instantly obtain your own personal arrest record directly from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a very small fee. This arrest record may be slightly hard to understand but it will have very important information relevant to sealing your record.
Contact Your Involved Law Enforcement Agency
Depending on how your local jurisdiction operates you may need to obtain information about your investigation and arrest from both the police and the sheriff. Some law enforcement agencies (Denver, Lakewood, Boulder, etc.) will require you to fill out request forms and pay a fee before they release information on you.
Prepare the Documents
Now that you have done your homework you are prepared to begin the pleadings in your case. This can be very tricky and you want to be sure to get this correct. Strongly consider hiring a competent attorney to tackle this for you. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Once you complete and file the documents your case will be set for a hearing in court to determine if your case will be sealed. Be forewarned that law enforcement, including the District Attorney, has the right to object to your request.
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