State Law Summary

The Colorado Second Chance Sealing Gap

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The following is a summary of the law prepared by law students under the supervision of a professor based on consulting multiple sources. It is only up to date as of the dates shown below and in many cases we had to make judgment calls. Therefore we encourage you to also consult the sources below, as well as the Restoration of Rights Project that include summaries of the law for all 50 states and US territories.

Primary Sources: State guide |

Secondary Sources: Colorado CCRC | CO Public Defender’s guide 2019 edition (pg. 5-9)

Summary of the Law

CONVICTIONS: CRS Section 24-72-706

  1. Misdemeanors and Petty offenses:
    1. Sealing if petty offense upon 1 year waiting-period after date of final disposition or release from supervision (whichever is later)
    2. Sealing if class 2 or 3 misdemeanors or drug misdemeanor upon 2 year waiting-period after date of final disposition or release from supervision (whichever is later)
  2. Felonies:
    1. Sealing if Class 4, 5, 6, felony or a level 3 or 4 drug felony or class 1 misdemeanor upon 3 year waiting-period after date of final disposition or release from supervision (whichever is later)
    2. Sealing if felony upon 5 year waiting-period after date of final disposition or release from supervision (whichever is later)
  3. Not eligible: Crimes not eligible are class 1, 2, and 3 felonies, sexual offenses, and those involving dangerous conduct. ( CRS Section 24-72-706(2))
  4. Lifetime or other Limits:
  5. Treatment of Multiple Convictions from the Same Incident:
  6. LFO payment required for sentence completion: Required payment of fines and fees Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-72-706(1)(e).
  7. Other Unmodeled Criteria or details:
    1. Traffic offenses and infractions

NON-CONVICTIONS: CRS § 24-72-705

  1. Sealing for dismissals, acquittals, and diversion upon the date of judgment.
  2. Sealing for deferred judgment and sentence completion if the conduct does not involve unlawful sexual behavior

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