Nevada Court Records
What information is contained in a Nevada Juvenile Record?
The information contained in the Juvenile Record of Nevada are;
- The biodata of the delinquent young person; full name, residential address, date of birth, photograph, and all personal information for identification.
- The arrest document; the unlawful act charged against the young person, the arresting agency, the place of arrest, etc.
- The proceedings; the type of court, the date of trial, date of final judgment, the kind of sentencing, the duration of sentencing, etc.
Juvenile records in Nevada are strictly kept from the members of the public. For juvenile cases, fingerprints of juveniles are not required except in severe criminal matters. A juvenile offender will no longer be tried as a juvenile but as an adult.
What Cases are Heard by Nevada Juvenile Courts?
In a juvenile court in Nevada, the state’s constitution empowers the court to exercise jurisdiction over
a) Child in need of supervision. This could either be a child who is in the habit of disobeying school rules or one who habitually runs away from home (parent’s residence or a foster home). Such children need rehabilitation. A child in need of supervision also refers to a child who needs to be admitted to an institution for the disabled. According to the state’s laws, a child in need of supervision is not treated as a delinquent child.
b) A delinquent child. This refers to a person between the age of 10 and 18 who have violated a county or municipal order. These violations include possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, theft, burglary, battery, robbery, sexual misconduct, etc.
For cases that involve severe lawful violation and criminality, the court stops being a juvenile court, and the child will be tried as an adult. For instance, a child who is 13 years old can be tried for homicide in an adult court. A 14-year child can also be tried as an adult for a felony case. A child who is 16 years of age can be tried as an adult for sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault.
Who is Eligible to View Juvenile Records in Nevada?
All information in the juvenile records is considered confidential. It is not available for public perusal. Based on the state’s laws, the purpose of juvenile justice is not to punish; rather, it ensures safety, placement, rehabilitation, educational success, and the child’s well-being who is adjudicated, delinquent. For this reason, only the following are eligible to view juvenile records in Nevada;
● Law enforcement agencies
● Social welfare agencies who take direct care of the juvenile mental and social well being
● The school authorities
● Persons or bodies who intend to use the information for statistical and research purposes, and who must obtain a court order for access can be granted.
● The parent or guardian
● The child
How to Find Juvenile Records in Nevada
Juvenile records can be found by requesting them in person at the juvenile justice system’s juvenile records unit. Alternatively, a requester can check online, but the online check’s only result is a rap sheet. To get a rap sheet, a requester will have to fill a form for identification. But to get the comprehensive record, an interested person needs to send a mail or visit the address below:
Public Information Officer
Attn: Public Records Request
Department of Health and Human Services
4126 Technology Way
Suite 100 Carson City, NV 89706
Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for specific or multiple records. To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:
● The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
● The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that the person resides in or was accused of.
Third-party sites are independent of government sources and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.
Can you Lookup Nevada Juvenile Records Online?
No, juvenile records cannot be found online because juvenile records in Nevada are considered confidential. The juvenile justice system aims to provide correctional and rehabilitation for young people who have committed an unlawful act.
Do Nevada Juvenile Records Show up on Background Checks?
If a thorough check is done, there is a possibility to find background checks on a person’s juvenile records. This is why the sealing or expungement of documents is important; that way, a person is sure that any background checks will show up. Once a young person reaches 21, the juvenile records are expunged without any necessary petition. But a child less than 21 can apply for expungement through the probation or parole officer. Before such expungement can be granted, such children must have satisfied all requirements for expungement. It also must not be less than three years of the child’s last adjudication of being delinquent, needing supervision, or placed under the supervision of the juvenile court. As long as the child does not have pending delinquent charges, the court may grant the child’s record sealing.
How Long are Juvenile Records Kept in Nevada?
Juvenile records are automatically expunged once the juvenile reaches 21. This applies to unlawful acts that were committed, which are not considered severe. But if a young person is charged with an illegal act like; rape, any felony, use of a dangerous weapon, the procedure for expungement becomes more complex. The law requires that a young person who is adjudicated delinquent of severe criminality goes through a long time and satisfies all requirements before the expungement of such a person’s juvenile record. On the 30th birthday, such a person would have qualified for record sealing.