It doesn’t take much for a person to get a mark on their criminal record. A single mistake can lead to a conviction that might be seen by future employers, landlords, creditors, and others. Fortunately, many people in Nevada are eligible to have their criminal records sealed.
What Does It Mean to Have Records Sealed?
When a record is sealed, it means it is physically removed from the record system maintained by the state.
For the most part, once a record is sealed, it cannot be seen by third parties.
The exception is that certain government agencies, such as the FBI, CIA, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, can still view sealed records.
For most people, the motivation to seal records is for employment.
Employers cannot view sealed records, and individuals who have had their records sealed can mark “no” on applications asking if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
Who Can Seal Criminal Records?
Sealing a criminal record in Nevada depends on a number of factors. State statutes prescribe the amount of time that must have passed between the case’s closing (including completion of parole or probation) and the records being sealed. For example, the record of most misdemeanor offenses can be sealed two years after the case is closed, but misdemeanor DUI convictions cannot be sealed until seven years from the case’s closing.
Also, the procedure for sealing records varies based on the county where the conviction was recorded. To find out if their record can be sealed, individuals should discuss the specifics of their case with an attorney.
If mistakes from your past are holding you back from building your future, consider having your record sealed. The Law Offices of Karen A. Connolly, Ltd. can help you through this process so that you can get on with your life.
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