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Home Self Help Adult Petty and Municipal Convictions Not Involving Drugs
Home Self Help Adult Petty and Municipal Convictions Not Involving Drugs
Adult Petty and Municipal Convictions Not Involving Drugs
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.

  • I have a conviction for a petty or municipal offense not involving drugs. How do I seal my records?
    • 1. Determine whether you meet the requirements to seal your records.
      • You can ask the court to seal your records if:

        1.  You file your paperwork at least three years after the date of the final disposition of all criminal proceedings against you or the date of your release from supervision concerning a criminal conviction, whichever is later;
        2.  You have not been charged or convicted for a felony, misdemeanor, or misdemeanor traffic offense in the three or more years since the date of the final disposition of all criminal proceedings against you or the date of your release from supervision, whichever is later; AND
        3.  The records you are trying to seal are not for a misdemeanor traffic offense committed either by a holder of a commercial learner's permit or a commercial driver's license as defined in §42-2-402, C.R.S., or by the operator of a commercial motor vehicle as defined in §42-2-402, C.R.S.

         

        You may not ask the court to seal your records if you owe restitution, fines, court costs, late fees or any other fees in the case for which you want to seal the records.

        You can file paperwork to seal your records for a case only once every twelve-month period.

        For additional information, see JDF 611 Instructions to Seal Criminal Conviction Records.



         

    • 2. Determine what information you need before you start your case.
      • Before you start your case, you need to get a copy of your criminal history from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The criminal history records check must be conducted no more than 20 days before you file your paperwork with the court asking to seal your records.

        You can print out a copy of your criminal history by going to www.cbirecordscheck.com. You can also go to the CBI in person at 690 Kipling Street, Suite 3000, Lakewood, CO 80215. The CBI's phone number is 303-239-4208.

        There will be a fee for getting your criminal history report. Check with the CBI about the amount of the fee.

    • 3. Determine where to file your case.
    • 4. Fill out the paperwork to start your case.
      • You will be known as the Petitioner.

        Download and complete these forms:
        JDF 612 Petition to Seal Criminal Conviction Records
        JDF 613 Order Denying Petition to Seal Criminal Conviction Records (the court will sign this only if your Petition is denied)
        JDF 614 Order and Notice of Hearing to Seal Criminal Conviction Records
        JDF 615 Order to Seal Criminal Conviction Records (the court will sign this if your Petition is approved)

        For detailed instructions on how to fill out these forms, review JDF 611 Instructions to Seal Criminal Conviction Records.

        JDF 612 Petition to Seal Criminal Conviction Records must be signed in front of a Notary Public or court clerk. You can find a Notary Public by looking in the Yellow Pages, on the internet, or by going to your local bank.

        Fill out only the top caption part of JDF 613 Order Denying Petition to Seal Criminal Conviction Records, JDF 614 Order and Notice of Hearing to Seal Criminal Conviction Records, and JDF 615 Order to Seal Criminal Conviction Records. The court will fill out the rest.

        Take your completed forms to the clerk in the courthouse. Give the forms to the clerk to file your case. You will also give the clerk your criminal history report.  NOTE:  You must file your criminal history report when you file your Petition or no later than ten days after the Petition is filed.

        The court will ask you to pay a filing fee. If you do not think you can afford it, you can request a waiver of the filing fee by completing form JDF 205 Motion to File Without Payment and Supporting Financial Affidavit, and the caption box of JDF 206 Finding and Order Concerning Payment of Fees.

        After you file your paperwork with the court, the court will review the paperwork and one of the following things will happen:
        1. The court will give you a court date for a hearing; OR
        2. The court will deny your Petition

        If the court denies your Petition, the court will send you a signed copy of JDF 613 Order Denying Petition to Seal Criminal Conviction Records.

        If your Petition is not denied, the court will send you JDF 614 Order and Notice of Hearing to Seal Criminal Conviction Records. Your hearing date will be on the form. After the hearing, the court will decide whether your records should be sealed.

    • 5. Give notice of the hearing.
      • After the court sends you JDF 614 Order and Notice of Hearing to Seal Criminal Conviction Records with the hearing date, you need to send a copy of this form by certified mail to the prosecuting attorney, the arresting agency, and any other person or agency you listed in #3 of JDF 612 Petition to Seal Criminal Conviction Records.

        After you mail out the copies, you must fill out JDF 617 Certificate of Service letting the court know that you sent a copy of JDF 614 Order and Notice of Hearing to Seal Criminal Conviction Records by certified mail to the prosecuting attorney and all other persons or agencies. File JDF 617 with the court.

        After you send your forms by certified mail, keep the receipts and file them with the court.

    • 6. Identify what you need to do after the court decides your records can be sealed.
      • If the court decides to seal your records after the hearing, the court will give you a signed copy of JDF 615 Order to Seal Criminal Records.

        You will need to mail a copy of the signed JDF 615 Order to Seal Criminal Records to all of the agencies listed on the first page of the Order form. If you do not do this, it may mean that your records do not get sealed.

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