There is a common misconception held by the general public that all juvenile records are automatically sealed once you become an adult. This is simply not true! Adult status in Las Vegas, Nevada is reached at the age of 18, but the courts will not seal your criminal record until you reach the age of 21. And at the age of 21, the courts will seal your record unless the crime you were charged with falls into some certain exceptions. For example, the following offenses will not be automatically sealed by the Juvenile Court when you reach the age of 21: any felony involving violence or the threat of violence, sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault and lewdness with a child. If you are adjudicated of any of those previously mentioned offenses in the Juvenile system you will have to wait until you turn 30 years old, at which time a petition can be filed to have those records sealed.
Additionally, if a child has not turned 21, but wants to petition the Juvenile court to seal their record, a petition to seal can be filed on the child’s behalf. If the court deems the child has been rehabilitated and the child has not since the prior offense been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude, the court may seal the child’s record prior to turning 21. If you or your child was convicted of a juvenile offense, Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano can petition the court to have that record sealed.