When you have a criminal record, you will most likely be facing insurmountable prejudice. It can be difficult to find a job, receive a state license, find housing, and generally participate in society with this stigma. You do not have to live with this stigma forever though. A Certificate of Rehabilitation is available to those who have completed all aspects of their sentence. Receiving this certificate will greatly improve your ability to get a job and reenter society.
In Nevada, recognition is called a Certificate of Good Conduct. It essentially is a testament to the individual’s rehabilitation. You can apply for this document five years after you were released from custody or completed your probation. The effect of the certificate is to remove a part of the legal disability that was sustained by the conviction. It also provides evidence of good moral character. It can be used as proof of outstanding public service, as well. This certificate is very similar to a full pardon; however, it does not reinstate the right to bear arms.
This certificate is granted by the Nevada Board of Pardon Commissioners, which is also responsible for granting pardons. The Governor, Supreme Court Justices, and the Attorney General are all on this board. In order to request this Certification of Good Conduct, a person must submit an application to the board. The board will investigate the situation and have an initial review. They will then have an informal hearing with the applicant. It is best to have an attorney when you go through this process to ensure that you are taking all of the proper steps.
Currently, this certificate is not a popular way to go as the board rarely grants the certificate. It may be better to apply for a pardon instead. If you are looking to clean up your record this way, contact our firm right away. At Okabe & Haushalter, an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer can advise you on which path is best for you. We will walk you through every step of the way.