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Collateral Consequences of Conviction

There can be many consequences to a criminal conviction beyond the conviction and sentence itself, including effects on a person’s employment, housing, and immigration status. These are called collateral consequences.

Colorado law allows some people suffering from collateral consequences to ask the trial court for relief from those consequences. For more information, including forms you can use to ask the court for relief, visit the Colorado Judicial Branch page.

Additional information on collateral consequences is available from our office:

(The Consequences of Conviction and Consequences of Adjudication are provided for your information. They do not constitute legal advice and are not a complete list of everything that could happen if you are convicted of a crime.)

In addition, the following organizations provide great resources to help you navigate the collateral consequences of a conviction:


If you have been charged with a crime, there are many things you need to think about before deciding whether to plead guilty or take your case to trial.

A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can have lifelong consequences beyond the sentence imposed by a court. Talk to your attorney about how a conviction will affect your life, and review The Consequences of Conviction documents listed above.