Colorado lawmakers debate bill to make it easier for people to seal their criminal records

Denver7: A bill to make it easier for defendants to seal their arrest and criminal records has passed through the Colorado House and is on its way to the Senate.

House Bill 1214 would automatically seal arrest records for people who were not charged within a year of being detained starting in 2022.

For people who were detained before 2022, the bill calls for the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to automatically seal the arrest records for felonies with a three-year statute of limitations if no charges were filed and the three years have passed. This would also apply for misdemeanors, petty offenses and more with an 18-month statute of limitations where no charges were filed.

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