FAQ

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WHO IS CRIMINAL JUSTICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT? Top

Criminal justice agency" means any court with criminal jurisdiction and any agency of the state or of any county, city and county, town, boards of institutions of higher education, school district, special district, judicial district, or law enforcement authority which performs any activity directly relating to the detection or investigation of crime; the apprehension, pretrial release, posttrial release, prosecution, correctional supervision, rehabilitation, evaluation, or treatment of accused persons or criminal offenders; or criminal identification activities or the collection, storage, or dissemination of arrest and criminal records information.

DEFINE LAWFUL USE OF THE RECORDS. Top

Records shall not be used by any person for the purpose of soliciting business for pecuniary gain. The official custodian shall deny any person access to records of official actions and criminal justice records unless such person signs a statement which affirms that such records shall not be used for the direct solicitation of business for pecuniary gain.

WHO ARE FINGERPRINT CARD CONTRIBUTORS? Top

Fingerprint card contributors are "Criminal Justice Agencies, " as defined above (#1).

WHAT IS A DISPOSITION? Top

"Disposition" means a decision not to file criminal charges after arrest; the conclusion of criminal proceedings, including conviction, acquittal, or acquittal by reason of insanity; the dismissal, abandonment, or indefinite postponement of criminal proceedings; formal diversion from prosecution; sentencing, correctional supervision, and release from correctional supervision, including terms and conditions thereof; outcome of appellate review of criminal proceedings; or executive clemency.

WHERE CAN I GET A DISPOSITION IF IT IS NOT POSTED TO MY CBI RECORD? Top

You can get copies of your dispositions from www.cocourts.com for a nominal fee. These records are also available from the courts in which you appeared. If your case never went to court, you may be able to get the records from the arresting agency itself (the police department or sheriff’s office) or the district attorney’s office in the jurisdiction where you were arrested.

WHAT JUVENILE RECORDS ARE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC? Top

The records of law enforcement officers concerning juveniles, including identifying information, shall be identified as juvenile records and shall not be inspected by or disclosed to the public. The only Juvenile records released to the public are those juveniles that have been charged as adults. DUI and minor traffic violations are also releasable if the juvenile is over 16 years old when the offenses occur. Juvenile registered sex offender records will also be released.

WHAT IS A SEALED RECORD AND HOW CAN I GET MY RECORD SEALED? Top

A sealed record is available only to law enforcement, not to the general public. Any person in interest (party to the case) may petition the District Court to seal records by filing a civil action in the county in which any arrest and/or criminal records are filed. A separate civil case must be filed for each court case record you want sealed, unless both a county court case (F Case) and a district court case (CR case) were established as a result of the same offense. . You can obtain information on sealing your record from the State Judicial website, www.courts.state.co.us, or from the courts in which you appeared.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A DISPUTE WITH MY RECORD? Top

Any person in interest who is provided access to any criminal justice records shall have the right to challenge the accuracy and completeness of records to which he has been given access, insofar as they pertain to him, and to request that said records be corrected. You can do a record challenge at CBI (for information on this procedure go to the website, www.cbi.state.co.us/id or call (303) 239-4208. You can also take your dispute directly to the arresting agency.

WHAT ARE COURT FILING ON DOCKET ENTRIES? 9. WHAT ARE COURT FILING ON DOCKET ENTRIES? Top

These entries on the CBI record are displayed electronically on the Colorado criminal history by the State Judicial Department. They are currently posted from district court cases and they are based on the court case number, the arrest number, the last name of the individual, and the arresting agency. to begin process.

WHAT IS DOC INCARCERATION SENTENCE? Top

DOC Incarceration Sentence is not a new arrest entry on the criminal history. When a person is convicted of a crime and they are sentenced to the Department of Corrections, an entry is made into the criminal history showing the charge the person was convicted of and how long the jail sentence was.

WHAT SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED WITH THE RECORD? Top

For additional sex offender information please access the Colorado Sex Offender website, www.sor.state.co.us. The results of the CBI record check will show if the person being checked on is currently a registered sex offender. Sex offender charges do not necessarily require a person to register as a sex offender.

DOES CBI RELEASE WARRANT INFORMATION? WHAT IS A FUGITIVE OF OTHER JURISDICTION ENTRY? Top

CBI does not release warrant information to the public. If you know what agency the warrant is out of, you will need to contact that agency for the information. That agency may or may not be able to release the warrant information; depending on their policy regarding the release of such information. The website, www.cocourts.com, may also provide some warrant information. A Fugitive of Other Jurisdiction charge means that the person in question had a warrant out of one law enforcement agency and was arrested by another agency for that warrant. The person does not necessarily have an active warrant out for their arrest.

FIREARMS/INSTACHECK Top

If you are denied the purchase of a firearm you must write to the CBI at CBI / PO Box 280629 / Denver, CO 80228-0629. You should include your name, mailing address, daytime phone number and the Colorado Transaction Number that starts with the letter "D" that the gun dealer should have given to you. Please understand that the CBI cannot disclose reasons for your denial via the phone, nor does the CBI handle reasons for denials in person. Once CBI receives your letter CBI will respond to you within 5 business days. CBI will advise you of the reason for your denial and what you need to do to clear it up.

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