Sealing Drug Convictions
In Colorado, some drug convictions may be sealed from public view under certain circumstances. This includes petty offenses, misdemeanors and even felony convictions. A drug felon that spends time in prison can have his drug conviction sealed, if the charge qualifies and court agrees.
There are 2 different statutes that apply. CRS §24-72-208.5 allows applies to certain drug convictions entered between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2011. CRS § 24-72-308.6 applies to drug convictions entered on or after July 1, 2011. Drug convictions entered prior to July 1, 2008 can only be sealed if the District Attorney in the jurisdiction of the conviction does not object.
For convictions prior to July 1, 2011, a person cannot file the petition to seal until 10 years after final disposition of all criminal proceedings on the case or final release from supervision (such as probation or parole), whichever is later. This statute does not allow sealing of any conviction relating to distribution, manufacturing or sales of drugs.