In 2019 Nevada lawmakers made it possible for some [not all] criminal records to be sealed or expunged. If your record is sealed, it is offline and kept from public view. If it is expunged, it is completely erased from existence. It is as though the actions transcribed in the record never happened and, in many cases, you can now say that you’ve never been arrested or convicted of a crime.
Nevada Revised Statutes § 179.285 has now made it possible for many individuals to seek employment and housing without having to worry about their criminal record being used against them in the application process. In addition, your right to vote, sit on a jury and hold office will be restored. If you want to know if you are eligible to have your record sealed or expunged then you need to contact us as soon as possible to start enjoying the peace of mind and opportunities now afforded you with a sealed or expunged record.
What If I Was Never Convicted?
If charges against you were dismissed or the DA declined to press charges against you, or better yet, you were acquitted, you can petition to have the arrest record sealed after the statute of limitations has ended; at least eight years after your arrest; or a date that the prosecution agrees to. We can help you determine the right strategy for getting your petition going to seal or expunge your record. Call us today for a free publication.
What Are the Criteria for Expungement?
There are numerous criteria for expungement and we are experts in this area of law. The aspects of your case are taken into consideration. Not all crimes are expungable. For example, sex crimes, crimes against minors, most DUI’s and other serious offenses are not sealable or expungable. However, in a plethora of situations, you can petition for expungement. For example, if you have completed probation.
You completed a court-ordered drug or alcohol treatment program and your conviction was set aside. You completed a reentry program. You were convicted of a prostitution-related offense. You were convicted of possession of a controlled substance not for purposes of sale.
Criteria for Sealing the Record?
If you were convicted of any of the following crimes in Nevada, you can petition the court to have your record sealed after waiting a certain number of years: Misdemeanors are one year from the date you are released from custody, probation or parole. Gross misdemeanors, misdemeanor battery, harassment, stalking, or violations of temporary or extended orders for protection is two years from release. Category E felonies are a two year wait. Category B, C, or D felonies are at least seven years. Category A felonies, such as burglary, you must wait at least ten years.
Truthfully, because the process for sealing your record or expunging it varies from county to county, you need expert legal counsel to get the job done quickly and correctly. Call us today to get your life back on track.