Criminal Record Sealing
Have you been denied employment or a promotion because of a cannabis conviction or old criminal charges from your past? Have you turned your life around but are reminded of it when you fill out applications?
Clean Slate Legal Assistance Program
Those with criminal records face a number of challenges that may delay or even prevent them from securing employment or obtaining housing. One in four Nevadans has a criminal conviction on their record, and even more have charges that were dismissed. Almost all of these are eligible to be sealed once certain guidelines are met.
Sealing eligible criminal records can provide a fresh start to those who have moved on from their criminal past and turned their lives around. Legal Aid Center is excited to offer our Clean Slate Legal Assistance Program to inidividuals ready and eligible for a second chance. We are now accepting clients for consultations and representation.
How to Apply for Our Services
- Call our hotline at 702-386-1070, Option 8
- Visit our office (725 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104) during walk-in hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What Does a "Clean Slate" Mean?
- Sealing eligible criminal records can provide a fresh start.
- Sealed records are “deemed never to have occurred” and you can honestly say you’ve never been arrested or convicted if asked by a potential employer.
- Your rights to vote, hold office, and sit on a jury are immediately restored, but not your right to own a gun. Only a pardon can restore your right to own a gun.
The clock begins after you are released from prison or jail, when you complete parole or probation, or when your case is closed. If you have gotten into trouble again since your original charges, you may not be able to get your records sealed immediately. All charges must be eligible to be sealed. You can't seal your records if you have active warrants.
|Charge||Required Waiting Period|
|Crimes Against Children (NRS 179D.0357), Felony DUIs, and Sexual Offenses||Ineligible|
|Category A, Crime of Violence (NRS 200.408), Burglary (NRS 205.060)||10 years|
|Category B, C, or D felony||5 years|
|Category E felony||2 years|
|Enhanceable misdemeanors (including Non-felony DUI and Non-felony battery domestic violence)||7 years|
|Non-felony battery, harassment, stalking, violation of TPO||2 years|
|Gross misdemeanors, Misdemeanor Battery (NRS 200.481), Harassment (NRS 200.571), Stalking (NRS 200.575), Violation of a Temporary or Extended Order for Protection||2 years|
|All other misdemeanors and traffic violations||1 year|
|Acquitted/Dismissed charges or Honorable Discharge on charge under NRS 453.3363||No wait|
|Charges prosecution declined to prosecute||After the Statute of Limitations has run OR 8 years after the arrest OR if agreed by parties|
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Criminal Record Sealing Class
Nevada Legal Services offers a free, online criminal record sealing class on Fridays. Click here to learn more or view the class materials.