Below is information on clearing a sexual offense from a criminal record. To see if you are eligible to clear your criminal record, take our FREE Eligibility Check.
The language of the law may wrongfully deter many people who seek to have their criminal record sealed in Nevada when the victim of their offense was a child. A better understanding of Nevada law and its real legal meaning would prevent this.
Nevada’s record sealing law, NRS 179.245, lists many offenses that are not eligible to be sealed. First on the list is “a crime against a child.” Someone convicted of child abuse, or many other offenses that may involve a child, might think that they are not eligible to have their record sealed.
However, that is not the case.
A crime against a child is a reference to a statutory definition that is put forth at NRS 179D.0357. That section of law defines crimes against a child as kidnapping, false imprisonment, and sex trafficking involving a victim who is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense. That list is very narrow and it contains very serious felonies. Not on that list is a wide range of offenses where the victim might be someone under the age of 18.
Similarly, the prohibition on having a Nevada criminal record sealed if the offense was a sexual offense has an exact definition that is much narrower than one might think. The definition is put forth later in the statute. The sexual offenses put forth are quite serious and do not include common offenses such as solicitation of prostitution or indecent exposure.
Also visit our free expungement and record clearing information page and take our free online eligibility test to see what types of record clearing you are eligible for.