For obvious reasons, most people want to hide their criminal history from family, friends and employers. Many offenses in Nevada can be sealed after a certain period of time.
Whether you were convicted or just charged with a crime, a name search reveals this information. Further, you are required to admit you were arrested for a crime if asked under oath.
With a record seal, these convictions and charges become hidden by order of the court. This means that most searches of your name will not reveal a criminal history. Further, after your record is sealed, you can legally and truthfully answer that you have never been arrested for a crime.
It depends on the charge, if there was a conviction, and the court. For any charge that was denied or dismissed in Nevada state court, you can seal your record right away.
Federal Court does not allow for record seals. Instead, Federal Court allows for expungement of criminal records for minor drug offenses when an offender is under the age of 21. Other than this narrow category of offenses, federal convictions are not able to be expunged unless extraordinary circumstances exist. There may be other options when dealing with past federal convictions. However, these options will vary from case to case and would require researching the facts.
Record sealing is a detail-oriented process that involves filing a petition to the appropriate court. An error in your petition can cause the petition to be delayed or denied. The process of sealing a record usually takes months to complete. Most courts have instructions on their website on how to file your petition for a record seal. However, we can take the stress and burden out of sealing your record. Your Defenders at Law will handle all the paperwork and court appearances so you can be stress free.
Every case is unique with different facts, people, and circumstances. During your consultation, Jherna Shahani will evaluate your criminal record and start the process immediately. Call Your Defender at Law for a FREE consultation.