Experienced Criminal Defense Law Firm in Arvada, CO Fighting on Your Behalf
Helping to protect your record
Criminal charges have a lasting effect on your future. Having a conviction on your record can impede your ability to find employment or rent a house. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, choose a qualified defense attorney at The Elliott Law Offices, P.C. with experience handling cases like yours. Facing criminal charges alone or hiring a criminal lawyer without the proper credentials can be a mistake with lasting consequences.
Aggressively defending misdemeanor charges
We understand that everyone makes mistakes. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, let us help you fight to reduce the charges and protect your record. Charges we can help you with include:
- Theft — One of the most common types of theft is shoplifting. The punishment depends on the amount stolen or the value of the items taken. It is important to note that although misdemeanors are lesser charges than felonies, they can result in a county jail sentence of up to two years.
- DUI/DWAI — Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI) cases are fairly common for our office to handle given our personal injury law background. We know how to examine the details of a DUI/DWAI and gather the facts to determine if there is a need to address the issue in court. We aim to prevent your license suspension or revocation because of high blood alcohol content.
- Traffic violations — There are a wide variety of traffic violations with which we can assist you, including speeding, running a red light, rolling stops and the more severe everyday car accident. Additionally, we often deal with accidents involving drivers who do not have insurance or registration.
Our focus is helping you with minor offenses so they do not negatively affect your future. We know that sometimes bad things happen to good people. It is our goal to minimize the fallout from the event. We are persuasive in negotiations with the prosecutor and, if necessary, we fight for you in the courtroom. Don’t put your future in jeopardy when we can help you.
Can I seal my records?
The answer is yes, but not in the way most people think. Sealing your records doesn’t mean that you have a clean slate. Your criminal record is still on file, but it is no longer searchable. This is particularly important to you when applying for a job or a home loan. In the event of a background check, criminal record personnel would be required to say that there’s no record available. You won’t find this option for many criminal charges, specifically felonies, but in the case of misdemeanors, the option is there as long as you fit the criteria necessary to seal records. Follow these important steps:
- Obtain a record of your criminal history and arrests. You can make a trip to the county courthouse and ask the county clerk for a copy after paying the fee.
- Complete the petition. It’s important to include the case number and warrant number for the violation in question. You only need to fill out the top portion of the petition titled Denying Petition. Be sure not to sign any paperwork without the presence of a notary public.
- File the papers with the court. It costs approximately $224 to file your paperwork. You need to sign the papers with the court clerk as a witness, unless you already had a notary public watch you do it.
- Wait for the court to respond. If by chance your petition is denied for any reason, you can expect to receive a copy of that denial in the mail. If the court approves the petition, a hearing is set and a document is mailed to you with the details.
- Send a copy of your petition approval to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). It’s crucial to ensure that the CBI and all other agencies associated with the arrest receive your approval document. This includes the court and the police department. Once you’ve sent that approval, expect your records to be sealed within 30 days.
If you need assistance having your records sealed, contact a qualified attorney at The Elliott Law Offices.
Protect your future by meeting with experienced misdemeanor attorneys
Our Arvada, CO office is dedicated to providing outstanding service in litigation, consultation and examination. Your initial consultation is free. Our telephone number is 303-872-6274, or you can contact us online. Let the attorneys at The Elliott Law Offices, P.C. help you.