Las Vegas Record Sealing Attorney
In Nevada, if your arrest and/or conviction occurred here, you may be able to get it sealed. Once sealed, your Nevada arrest, conviction, acquittal and/or dismissal can be treated as if it never occurred. In other words, you can properly answer that “I have never been arrested or charged with a crime” in an interview, on an employment application, or any inquiry regarding your criminal history. That is why it is important to retain a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer with the experience to get your criminal record sealed.
Even if your case was dismissed or charges were never filed with the District Attorney’s Office, your arrest remains on your record unless you get it sealed. Many people believe your arrest record will simply go away after a period of time. They are completely wrong. Unless you petition the court to seal your record, the arrest will remain. Any employer can do a background check and find this arrest, even if you were never charged with a crime, or even if you were charged and subsequently acquitted.
For a lot of people, during this economy, a simple arrest, even if the case was dismissed, can hinder your employment options. Don’t let your arrest limit your career choices. Call The Wright Law Group, P.C. and let one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys review your criminal history and talk to you about your record sealing options.
Here are some simple facts that you may not be aware of concerning Nevada Record Sealing:
- Nevada record sealing only pertains to arrests, convictions, acquittals and dismissals that have occurred in Nevada. If your conviction occurred elsewhere, check those areas laws or consult an attorney from that area.
- Sealing of your records allows your civil rights to be restored. This includes:
- The right to vote
- The right to hold office; and
- The right to serve on a jury.
- If you were acquitted or your case was dismissed, you can petition to have your record sealed immediately. We highly recommend that you have this done as soon as possible.
- The Nevada State Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission may inquire and inspect sealed records if the arrest is related to gaming. This is to determine whether a person is qualified to hold a state gaming license, and/or registration as a gaming employee.
If you were convicted of a crime, whether you can have your case sealed depends on the type of crime you were convicted of and the date you were released from custody, probation, or parole. One of the biggest misconceptions regarding record sealing is that the time period for record sealing is measured from when you were arrested, or even from when you were convicted or otherwise appeared in court. The time period for record sealing is actually measured from the date you were released from your sentence. In some cases, this may mean a release from custody, but in most cases, this means the date you were discharged from probation or parole.
Under recent changes in Nevada law, the waiting period for record sealing has been significantly reduced for felonies and misdemeanors. Under the new law, the following waiting periods now apply:
- For Class A Felonies – 10 years
- For Class B, C, or D Felonies – 5 years
- For Class E Felonies – 2 years
- For Gross Misdemeanors – 2 years
- For any offenses regarding false claims, statements, or any false representation – 7 years
- For any offenses regarding truth and accuracy of applications, reports and invoices, or perjury – 7 years
- For offenses regarding sale, purchase or lease of goods, services, materials or supplies – 7 years
- Intentional failure to maintain adequate records or intentional destruction of records – 7 years
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI) – 7 years
- Offenses involving operation of a commercial motor vehicle – 7 years
- Offenses which constitute domestic violence (other than a felony) – 7 years
- Misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor harassment, misdemeanor stalking, misdemeanor violation of protection order – 7 years
- Other misdemeanors – 1 year
- Any conviction involving a child or sexual offenses can never be sealed.
If you need assistance or just have a question on eligibility, please contact us at 702-405-0001. Our attorneys are happy to discuss your prior convictions with you and discuss your record sealing eligibility and explain the record sealing process. All of our initial consultations are free and confidential.