What Does it Mean to Seal Your Record?
Criminal records are public information, and therefore can be easily searched for via a government database. When your record becomes sealed, it is removed from these databases and can no longer be viewed by the general public. Furthermore, information inside a sealed record will not show up in background checks, you wouldn’t be required to disclose your conviction on any applications or under oath, and your right to vote would be restored.
What’s the Difference Between an Expunged Record and a Sealed Record?
Sealing a record, under most circumstances, makes it invisible to government agencies and the public. When a record is expunged, however, it is wiped away as if it never happened. Unfortunately, Nevada law doesn’t provide for the expungement of criminal records, but the right attorney will be successful at getting them sealed.
Who’s Eligible to Have Their Record Sealed?
Record sealing is judged on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not you are eligible to have your record sealed will depend on the facts of your case. If your case was dismissed or if you were acquitted, you can apply to have your records sealed right away. If you were convicted, however, you may have to wait at least two years before asking. It’s important to consult an attorney to accurately determine your eligibility and to argue your point.