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Can Criminal Convictions be Sealed in Nevada?

How does Nevada Revised Statute 179.245 enable the sealing of criminal convictions?

Under NRS 179.245, individuals may be eligible to have their records sealed if they meet certain criteria. The waiting periods mentioned earlier determine when an individual becomes eligible to apply for record sealing. Once the waiting period has passed, a person can proceed with the sealing process if they have met all the necessary requirements.

To initiate the process, individuals must first file a petition with the court that handled their original case. The petition should outline the specific conviction they wish to have sealed and provide supporting documentation as necessary. It is important to note that the specific requirements and documentation may vary depending on the type of conviction.

An essential element of the process is demonstrating that the individual has been rehabilitated and is unlikely to engage in criminal activity in the future. This may involve providing evidence of completing any required rehabilitation programs, maintaining a clean record, or demonstrating positive changes in behavior and lifestyle.

After the petition is filed, the court will review the case and consider various factors such as the type of offense, the individual’s criminal history, the nature of the conviction, and the impact that sealing the record may have on public safety. It is at the court’s discretion to determine whether sealing the conviction is in the best interests of justice.

If the court grants the petition and approves the sealing of the conviction, the individual’s criminal record will be physically and electronically sealed. This means that the record will no longer be accessible to the general public, including potential employers or landlords conducting background checks. However, certain entities such as law enforcement agencies and specific licensing boards may still have access to sealed records under certain circumstances.

What are the advantages of sealing criminal convictions in Nevada?

Sealing criminal convictions in Nevada can offer several advantages and significantly impact an individual’s life in a positive way. Here are some key benefits:

Improved employment prospects: Having a criminal conviction on record can create barriers to employment. Many employers conduct background checks as part of their hiring process, and a criminal record may lead to rejection or limited job opportunities. By sealing a criminal conviction, individuals can enhance their chances of securing employment and pursuing a successful career.

Expanded housing opportunities: Landlords often conduct background checks on prospective tenants, and a criminal record can be a significant obstacle to finding suitable housing. Sealing a criminal conviction can increase the likelihood of being approved for rental applications and provide greater housing options.

Restoration of personal reputation: A criminal conviction can carry a social stigma that affects personal relationships, self-esteem, and overall reputation. Sealing the conviction helps to restore a person’s reputation and allows them to move forward with their life without the constant judgment and prejudice associated with a criminal record.

Privacy and peace of mind: Sealing a criminal conviction ensures that the details of the conviction are no longer accessible to the general public. This helps protect an individual’s privacy and provides peace of mind, knowing that their past mistakes are not readily available for others to uncover or judge.

Regaining civil rights: In some cases, sealing a criminal conviction may also restore certain civil rights that were lost due to the conviction. These rights may include the ability to vote, serve on a jury, or possess firearms. However, specific restoration of rights will depend on the nature of the conviction and individual circumstances.

It’s important to note that sealing a conviction does not completely erase it from all records. Certain entities, such as law enforcement agencies and certain licensing boards, may still have access to the sealed records under certain circumstances. However, sealing a conviction can significantly limit public access and help individuals regain control over their personal and professional lives.

Are there any exceptions or limitations under NRS 179.245 for sealing criminal convictions?

While NRS 179.245 provides the framework for sealing criminal convictions in Nevada, there are certain exceptions and limitations that individuals should be aware of. These exceptions and limitations may restrict the sealing of certain criminal convictions or require additional legal considerations. Here are some key points to consider:

Sex crimes and crimes against children: Sealing convictions related to sex crimes or crimes against children is generally not permitted under NRS 179.245. These types of offenses are considered particularly serious, and public safety concerns often outweigh the individual’s interest in sealing the record.

Crimes involving deadly weapons or home invasion: Convictions for offenses involving the use of a deadly weapon or home invasion are typically not eligible for sealing under NRS 179.245. These crimes are viewed with great severity due to the potential harm inflicted on others, and sealing such convictions may be deemed contrary to public safety.

Felony DUI convictions: Sealing felony DUI (Driving Under the Influence) convictions is generally not allowed under NRS 179.245. DUI offenses, especially those involving serious bodily injury or death, are considered serious and carry significant public safety considerations.

Waiting periods and the nature of the offense: The waiting periods mentioned earlier determine when a person becomes eligible to apply for record sealing. However, even after the waiting period has passed, certain offenses may still be challenging to seal. The severity of the offense, the individual’s criminal history, and the potential impact on public safety are factors that the court considers when deciding whether to grant a petition to seal a conviction.

Compliance with all legal requirements: To be eligible for sealing, individuals must comply with all legal requirements and obligations related to their conviction. This may include completing any required probation, parole, or rehabilitation programs, as well as satisfying any fines or restitution owed. Failure to meet these requirements can hinder the sealing process.

It is crucial to consult with a legal professional who specializes in record sealing to understand any additional exceptions or limitations that may apply to specific convictions. They can provide guidance on whether sealing is possible in a particular case and help navigate any legal considerations or requirements that must be met.

Waiting Periods for Sealing Criminal Convictions in Nevada

Offense Waiting Period
The majority of misdemeanors 1 year
Misdemeanor-level battery 2 years
Misdemeanor-level harassment 2 years
Misdemeanor-level stalking 2 years
Misdemeanor-level violation of a protection order 2 years
Gross misdemeanors 2 years
Category E felonies 2 years
Most category D felonies 5 years
Most category C felonies 5 years
Most category B felonies 5 years
Misdemeanor-level DUI 7 years
Misdemeanor-level battery domestic violence 7 years
Category A felonies 10 years
Burglary of a residence 10 years
Felony crimes of violence 10 years
Sex crimes Never eligible
Crimes against children Never eligible
Invasion of the home with a deadly weapon Never eligible
Felony DUI Never eligible


Sealing criminal convictions in Nevada is an opportunity to move forward with a clean slate. ATAC LAW is here to provide exceptional legal support, ensuring that individuals have the best chance for success in the process of sealing their criminal records.