SEALING CONVICTION RECORDS FROM MUNICIPAL OFFENSES

Section 24-72-708 - Sealing of criminal conviction records information for municipal offenses for convictions

(1)Sealing of conviction records.
(a)
(I) A defendant may file a motion in which any conviction records pertaining to the defendant for a municipal violation are located for the sealing of the conviction records, except basic identification information, if:
(A) The motion is filed three or more years after the date of the final disposition of all criminal proceedings against the defendant or the release of the defendant from supervision concerning a criminal conviction, whichever is later; and
(B) The defendant has not been charged or convicted of 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 him or her or the date of the defendant’s release from supervision, whichever is later; and
(C) The conviction records to be sealed 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 section 42-2-402, or by the operator of a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section 42-2-402.
(II) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1)(a)(I)(B) of this section, a defendant may petition the district court of the district in which any conviction records pertaining to the defendant for a municipal violation, except a municipal assault or battery offense in which the underlying factual basis involves domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3(1), or any other municipal violation in which the underlying factual basis involves domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3(1), or petty offense are located for the sealing of the conviction records, except basic identification information, if:
(A) The defendant was convicted of a single offense that was not a felony and did not involve domestic violence as defined in section 18-6-800.3(1), unlawful sexual behavior as defined in section 16-22-102(9), or child abuse as defined in section 18-6-401;
(B) That offense occurred within three years of the date of the final disposition of all criminal proceedings against him or her related to the conviction that the defendant is seeking to have sealed or within three years of the date of the defendant’s release from supervision related to the conviction that the defendant is seeking to have sealed, whichever is later; and
(C) The defendant has not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, or misdemeanor traffic offense in the ten or more years since the date of the final disposition of all criminal proceedings against him or her for the subsequent criminal case or in the ten or more years since the date of the defendant’s release from supervision for the subsequent case, whichever is later.
(b) Upon filing the petition, the defendant shall pay the filing fee required by law.
(2)
(a) Upon the filing of a motion, the court shall review the motion and determine whether there are grounds pursuant to this section to proceed to a hearing on the petition. If the court determines that the motion on its face is insufficient or if the court determines that, after taking judicial notice of matters outside the motion, the defendant is not entitled to relief pursuant to this section, the court shall enter an order denying the motion and mail a copy of the order to the defendant. The court’s order shall specify the reasons for the denial of the motion.
(b) If the court determines that the petition is sufficient on its face and that no other grounds exist at that time for the court to deny the petition pursuant to this section, the court shall set a date for a hearing and the court shall notify by certified mail the prosecuting attorney, the arresting agency, and any other person or agency identified by the defendant.
(3) After the hearing described in subsection (2) of this section is conducted and if the court finds that the harm to the privacy of the defendant or the dangers of unwarranted, adverse consequences to the defendant outweigh the public interest in retaining public access to the conviction records, the court may order the conviction records, except basic identification information, to be sealed. In making this determination, the court shall, at a minimum, consider the factors in section 24-72-706(1)(g).

C.R.S. § 24-72-708

Amended by 2019 Ch. 295,§ 1, eff. 8/2/2019.
Amended by 2018 Ch. 135,§ 6, eff. 8/8/2018.
Amended by 2017 Ch. 382,§ 1, eff. 8/9/2017.
Added by 2014 Ch. 317,§ 3, eff. 8/1/2014.
L. 2014: Entire part added, (SB 14-206), ch. 317, p. 1392, § 3, effective August 1. L. 2017: (1) amended, (HB 17-1360), ch. 382, p. 1988, § 1, effective August 9. L. 2018: (2)(c) added, (HB 18-1078), ch. 135, p. 891, § 6, effective August 8.
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