Brian J Smith
How to Seal Your Vegas Arrest Record
An arrest record can haunt you for your entire life. Even if you are not convicted of the crime, the arrest remains, and you could find yourself explaining to a future employer what happened. An arrest can also eliminate your chances for security clearances should you enter government service. It is possible to have your record sealed in Las Vegas, but you must follow certain steps, according to a criminal attorney Las Vegas residents trust.
Obtain Criminal History Reports
The first step in sealing your record in Las Vegas is to obtain copies of your criminal history. You must obtain copies from two agencies, the Nevada Criminal History Central Repository and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Records Section. Only cases for sealing records resulting in charges from Justice Court township jurisdiction or Clark County District Court are reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.
Prepare Necessary Forms
You must provide an original and one copy of the following record sealing forms with the extra copy provided for the District Attorney’s Office:
- Signed Affidavit attached to the back of the Petition
- Signed Order
- Signed Petition
You must also provide a copy of your local law enforcement agency SCOPE and a copy of your criminal history report. Do not send the original but retain it for your records. You must also provide a 9”x12” postage paid manila envelope with at least $2.00 postage paid. Clark County will not accept padded envelopes or photo mailers. Submit all the forms and the postage paid envelope to the District Attorney’s Office. All items can be mailed to:
Record Sealing Coordinator
Office of the District Attorney
200 Lewis Avenue, Room 3305
PO Box 552212
Las Vegas NV 89155-2212
You can also deliver the items to the Office of the District Attorney at the Regional Justice Center, Third Floor, District Attorney Reception Window at 200 Lewis Avenue in Las Vegas, according to a Las Vegas federal criminal defense lawyer.
Once the District Attorney decides to seal the records, all the forms will be returned in the envelope you provided. You must then deliver or send the originals of each form to the appropriate clerk to be filed and pay the filing fee required by that court. Once the Judge signs the Order, you must send a copy of the signed Order to the agencies involved in the arrests listed as well as to the District Attorney’s Office. Until it is received, your records will not be sealed.
Records That May Not Be Sealed
It is important to note that not all records may be sealed in Las Vegas. A criminal law attorney Las Vegas says that your case must have reached a specific statutory length of time and you may not have any pending or active cases in the jurisdiction. Statutory lengths of time in Las Vegas are as follows:
- Category A or B Felony – 15 years
- Category C or D Felony – 12 years
- Category E Felony – 7 years
- Gross Misdemeanor – 5 years
- Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence or Battery Domestic Violence – 7 years
- Misdemeanor – 2 years
If your case was recently dismissed without prejudice or the Statute of Limitation has not been met, it is possible your records may not be sealed. If you have a drug or DUI case recently denied, if your crime as a sexual assault or crime against a child or you received a dishonorable discharge from probation, your request may be denied.
Forgetting to list even one charge or missing one form can lead to a denial of your request which is why you should contact a criminal law attorney Las Vegas for assistance. Contact Brian J. Smith by calling 702-380-8248, emailing email@example.com or fill out the easy form online.