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Sealing Arrest and Criminal Records when No Charges Filed

SEALING ARREST AND CRIMINAL RECORDS WHEN NO CHARGES FILED


Defendants may petition Denver District Court to seal records in a Denver County Court case where no charges were filed, by filing a civil action at 1437 Bannock Street, Room 256. Pro se defendants may also be directed to the Denver District Court Pro Se/Self-Help Center, at 1437 Bannock Street, Room 281, where staff will provide them with the necessary form and guidance in completing their filing. The Self-Help Center’s number is (720) 865-8440 and they are open Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

District Court requires a filing fee of $224.00.  A separate District Court Civil case is opened for each court case the defendant is requesting to be sealed.

The defendant may only petition District Court to seal arrest or criminal records for each case once during a 12-month period.

The defendant may only petition District Court to seal arrest or criminal records if they meet one of the following requirements:

  1. The defendant completed a diversion program and no criminal charges were ever filed.
  2. There is only an arrest record and no charges were filed with the Court and the statute of limitations for the offense has run.
  3. There is only an arrest record and no charges were filed, the statute of limitations has not run, but the individual is no longer being investigated by law enforcement for commission of the offense.

For additional information, please review C.R.S. 24-72-704.

rev. 9-5-19