There is exciting news for former offenders in Nevada, and all of those who believe in second chances! Governor Brian Sandoval signed new legislation, Assembly Bill 327, on June 5th, 2017 that opens up the eligibility of reformed offenders to seal their Nevada records.
The two big changes the law makes to the existing statute are:
1. Those who were dishonorably discharged from probation may now petition the court to seal their record. There is not a presumption the record should be sealed, but reformed offenders have the chance to demonstrate their rehabilitation to the court so they may receive a second chance.
2. The waiting periods for most offenses have been reduced substantially. People now have the chance to go to the court sooner and file for a sealing of the record. Here is a list of the waiting period changes:
- Most A felonies are now eligible for sealing 10 years from the date of discharge from sentence.
- Most B, C, or D felonies are now eligible for sealing 5 years from the date of discharge from sentence.
- E felonies are now eligible for sealing 2 years from the date of discharge from sentence.
- Most gross misdemeanors are now eligible for sealing 2 years from the date of discharge from sentence.
- Most misdemeanors are now eligible for sealing 1 year from the date of discharge from sentence.
These significant changes will mean more reformed offenders will have the ability to seal their records sooner and have full access to jobs and opportunity. It is great that the political leaders of Nevada recognize the value in giving their reformed population a second chance. For more information about how you can get your Nevada record sealed please call us at 877-573-7273. The new changes go into effect for petitions filed on or after 10/1/2017 and the courts will fill quickly with record sealing applicants. Contact us today so that we can get your petition ready to file right when the law change occurs.