The Process Of Sealing Your Record In Nevada
Nevada record sealing requires gathering evidence, writing a motion, submitting it to the District Attorney (so the DA has a chance to object), and then submitting it to the court for consideration. A hearing before a judge will give you, or better yet, your attorney the chance to argue for the record to be sealed. If the judge grants the request, the judge will sign an order to have all records pertaining to the case and arrest sealed. The orders are sent to every agency that has information about the arrest or case.
Step 1 - Get a criminal history (SCOPE printout) from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Step 2 - Prepare the legal Petition, Affidavit and Order for the Judge.
Step 3 - File the Petition, Affidavit, Order and SCOPE with the District Attorney's office for review.
Step 4 - If the District Attorney's office signs the Order, file the Petition, Affidavit, Order and SCOPE with the appropriate Court Clerk.
Step 5 - If and when the Order is signed by a Judge, serve a copy of the filed Order to the government agencies involved.
The Time It Takes To Seal A Record
The amount of time necessary to complete the process of sealing a record in Nevada varies by court and often by the time of the year. Sealing a record in Clark County (Las Vegas) typically takes about four months. Sealing a record in Henderson or North Las Vegas typically takes three to four months. However, the time can vary depending on the demands of the court. Manpower devoted to sealing criminal records is often diverted to more urgent cases when courts get busy. To ensure your case gets sealed as fast as possible, make sure to work with an attorney who is very familiar with the process and can make sure it gets done right the first time. Doing it wrong can me starting the entire process over and losing months of income that would otherwise come with having your record sealed.