HOW TO EXPUNGE & SEAL A NEVADA CRIMINAL RECORD
Don’t Let Your Past Hurt Your Future
If you have a criminal record in Nevada, you already know how frustrating it can be to have a criminal record. Whether you’re charged, convicted, or only arrested for a crime in Nevada, a criminal record is created with the Nevada Department of Public Safety Records, Communications and Compliance Division (RCCD) who then forwards these records to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, making your records available when you’re trying to get a job or something else that requires a background check.
Having a criminal record can make getting the job you want seem impossible, make living where you want out of reach, and may even revoke some of your constitutional rights like voting or owning a gun. Even though you’ve completed your sentence, mistakes from your past can follow you around for the rest of your life. Thankfully, Nevada law provides a way for many residents to seal both arrest and conviction records.
Know Your Options
Nevada provides a few methods to deal with a criminal record, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the incidents on your record to determine the best method of relief.
Nevada generally allows quite a few people to seal arrest records, misdemeanor convictions, and felony convictions. On the service-specific pages linked above, we review both of these post-conviction remedies in more detail, covering both how to qualify and the effects for each of them.
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Sealing Arrest Records in Nevada
If you have a criminal record in Nevada, you know the frustration. Whether you’re charged, convicted, or only arrested for a crime in Nevada, a criminal record is created with the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Records, Communications and Compliance Division (RCCD), who then forwards these records to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, making your records available in a background check.
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Sealing Convictions in Nevada
Nevada law allows for the setting aside of both misdemeanor and felony convictions in many situations under NRS 179.245, but not every criminal record qualifies, as there are certain offenses that are ineligible to be sealed. Other requirements include that you may not have any pending cases, you must have satisfied all the terms of your sentence (including financial obligations), and you may not have been convicted of any new crimes during the relevant waiting period.
This Information is for You
Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.
You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our secure, confidential Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.
Legal Effects of Sealing Your Nevada Record
Record sealing in Nevada often allows you to legally state that you were not arrested and have not been convicted of a crime. There are specific requirements discussed in our Nevada resources, but the main requirements to seal your record are that you’ve completed your sentence, your conviction was not for a disallowed offense, and you have satisfied the relevant waiting period.
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Sealing a Nevada conviction is currently the best way to improve your chances of getting a job when you have a criminal record. You can legally state that the conviction or arrest never occurred, and Nevada criminal justice agencies cannot release or make available any information related to the sealed matter. The bottom line is that the sealed criminal record will not show up in virtually any background check related to employment.
However, even after your criminal record has been sealed, the RCCD continues to maintain sealed criminal records. They are prohibited from releasing this information to the public, but upon special request, a handful of government organizations may access sealed information in limited circumstances. These organizations include: The State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission if the charge is related to gaming, and prosecuting attorneys in some situations.
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Unfortunately, under current Nevada law, the only way to restore your firearm rights is via a pardon from the Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioner.
Restoring firearm rights involves both state and federal law that should be handled by an experienced lawyer. The lawyers in our firm regularly handle complex firearm rights restoration issues, so a good first step in exploring whether you can restore your firearm rights would be to take our Secure Eligibility Test, and then if appropriate, setting up a time to speak with our legal staff about how to proceed.
What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record
If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals. Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.
Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Nevada include:
- Removing a finding of guilt from your criminal record to help you get a better job
- Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
- Restoring your Second Amendment Right to bear arms
- No longer being treated as a felon
- Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
- Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
- Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
Each of Nevada’s record sealing services have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine what Nevada criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Our firm is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Nevada criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a Nevada criminal record.
You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Nevada state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!