Having a criminal record can negatively affect your life. Even if you were found not guilty or the charges were dropped, there’s a stigma attached to having an arrest record. That’s why the sealing of criminal records is sometimes an option for Nevada residents.
Difference Between Sealing and Expunging
It’s important to note that Nevada does not expunge criminal records. When a criminal record is expunged, that means the record is gone. It’s like it never existed. But when a record is sealed, that means the record isn’t publicly available. So for example, a sealed record wouldn’t appear during a background check.
But the sealing of criminal records isn’t something that you can’t undo. Unlike an expunged record, it is possible to reopen a sealed record. With a court order, it’s possible to re-open and access any sealed record. The sealing of criminal records is only possible if the case meets the laws of that particular state.
The Sealing of Criminal Records in Nevada
Nevada Revised Statutes allow courts to seal criminal records under certain circumstances. In addition to meeting certain criteria, the courts must also believe you are fully rehabilitated.
The sealing of criminal records is not allowed in some instances, such as murder or sexual assault. But many other crimes are eligible to have the record sealed. However, a certain number of years must pass before the sealing of criminal records is allowed.
For example, if you have a category A felony, you must wait at least 10 years after you’re released from jail or probation to get the record sealed. But for a crime listed as a category E felony, you have only need to wait at least 2 years after you’re released from jail or probation to get the record sealed.
Speak with an Attorney About Your Options
Is a past conviction negatively affecting your life? Do you feel like you’re still being punished, even though you’ve paid your debt to society? You might be interested in having your criminal record sealed. Contact Guymon & Hendron to discuss your situation, and to learn if you’re eligible to have your record sealed.