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The mere fact of an arrest and the filing of criminal charges will become part of your record even if the charges were ultimately dropped or you were found not guilty at trial. Even if you were exonerated, the arrest and/or trial will appear on a background check for employment, security clearance, or professional licensing reasons with potential adverse effects on your situation.
A guilty plea or conviction will in most cases prevent the sealing of your record, though sealing may remain an option in the case of certain drug convictions, or in other cases that resulted in a sentence of a deferred judgment. Contact the Law Offices of Joshua Johnson for a free consultation regarding the potential options available to you.
For additional information, read our list of frequently asked questions about sealing Colorado criminal records.