We get calls every week from people who entered into a deferred judgment and sentence and candidly they do not know what that means or how it works. A deferred judgment and sentence does not count as a conviction under Colorado State law.
What is a deferred judgment?
The way a deferred judgment works is that you sign the paperwork that you want to enter a plea of guilty. You appear in front of the Judge and enter a plea of guilty; the Judge accepts your plea of guilty but does NOT enter the conviction on the record. You do not have a conviction even though you entered a plea of guilty. Instead the Judge continues (or defers) entering the judgment on the record. The Judge defers entering the judgment (or conviction) on the record for a period of time upon the condition the you have no further violations of the law, and you complete whatever reasonable terms the Judge and probation impose. At the end of the period of time, the Court will review the file and if you have completed the reasonable terms and have no further violations of the law (great than a 6 point traffic violation) they will dismiss the case and shred your plea of guilty.