Nevada’s unemployment rate has reached over 13% – the highest in the state’s history. In the midst of record-high unemployment rates, the job market is even more cutthroat than usual.
In this competitive job market, you may find yourself at a disadvantage if you have a criminal conviction on your record. Talk to attorney Joel M. Mann today to learn how sealing your record can help ensure your resume is as competitive as possible during this unprecedented time.
What Is Record Sealing?
In the state of Nevada, “sealing” a record means that a criminal record is physically removed from the system, and access to it is substantially or completely restricted.
This is not an expungement of records, which involves the destruction of records. However, when a record is sealed, it isn’t available to potential employers or the general public. After criminal record information is sealed, only a few parties can access it, such as specific government agencies like the FBI.
What Does It Take to Get My Record Sealed?
The first step in getting your record sealed is to get an official copy of your criminal history from the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History. Next, you must file a request with the local district attorney’s office.
Your request must include all the required supporting documentation, and it typically takes several months to gather all the necessary paperwork and complete the required forms. Once you successfully submit your request, it often takes around 2 to 4 months to get a response with a denial or approval of your request.
It’s critical to keep in mind that a number of factors might lead to your request getting denied. For example, if you fail to submit all of the required paperwork or list all of your arrests on your petition, then your request might get denied. Additionally, if your charges are still pending when you submit your request, you haven’t fulfilled the terms of your sentence, or you haven’t completed the proper waiting period, then you cannot get your record sealed.
The type of crime you committed will also greatly impact your eligibility. For example, people with convictions for crimes against a child or crimes relating to sexual assault are not eligible to have their records sealed.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me Seal My Record?
Hiring an attorney to help you seal your record can greatly improve your chances of completing this process as successfully and as quickly as possible. This is a complex legal procedure that involves many different documents, reports, and requirements.
If you overlook anything in this process, your request might be denied outright or delayed for months. However, an experienced attorney can help you handle all the details of your case, so you don’t have to haggle with the system.
Talk to a Lawyer Now About How to Seal Your Record
It’s critical to begin this process now more than ever, since preparing the paperwork and getting your record sealed can take a minimum of 6 months. If you are considering applying to have your record sealed, contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann now to schedule a free consultation. We can help determine if you are eligible to file a petition, and if so, we can handle all the necessary details to make the process as efficient as possible.