The following is a video transcript.
Sealing Your Record
In Colorado, you can seal your record if a case has been dismissed, if you have been acquitted at trial, or the case is dismissed after the successful completion of probation that is subject to a deferred judgment agreement.
In Colorado, you can also seal certain convictions such as municipal court charges, drug convictions, or even felonies. The catch there is that you have to wait a certain number of years depending on the charge or the level of felony before you can do it. The process of sealing your record is fairly easy. You fill out a petition, file it with the court, and pay a $65 filing fee. We help clients with this all the time.
Restoring Your 2A Rights
Now, just because you’ve sealed your record doesn’t mean that you’ve restored firearms rights. If you’ve pled guilty to a crime involving domestic violence and been placed on probation subject to a deferred judgment, and that case is dismissed and sealed, you have still not restored your firearms rights under federal law, because under federal law that guilty plea is still considered a conviction. It doesn’t matter that the case was dismissed later on and the conviction was actually deferred. You need to be very careful about that.
If you have any questions, you know who to call. Let’s walk through your specific situation and make sure that you’re doing this right. Again, we’re always happy to talk to U.S. LawShield members. Thanks for watching.