“Knowing the Difference Between Expungement & Sealing:  a Training for Non-Lawyer Advocates” -September 2, 2015 – Bridge House, Boulder, CO

Having a criminal record often prevents one from getting a job, and it can also impact housing options. Expungement and sealing of past offenses can therefore greatly improve one’s quality of life. In this training facilitated by J-SUP, Dafna Gonzani, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Colorado Juvenile Defense Center provided an overview of Expungement and Anna W. Adler, Executive Director of Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and Christopher Decker, President, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar reviewed the intricacies of Sealing for J-SUP volunteer attorneys and for Bridge House staff.

Sealing and Expungement Summary

In this Sealing and Expungement training, advocates learned to:

  • Distinguish between a client who would benefit from expungement as compared with sealing;
  • Determine client’s eligibility for expungement/sealing;
  • Identify work a non-lawyer advocate may do, and
  • Understand the extent to which a non-legal advocate may assist in preparing clients for a lawyer to handle a case.

Some offenses by juveniles are eligible to be expunged, meaning there is a legal process that can clear arrests, charges and minor convictions from someone’s record. Offenses made when one is already an adult are not eligible for expungement, but some offenses may be “sealed,” meaning they are no longer public record.

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