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What are Nevada Criminal Records?
Also known as rap sheets, criminal records are official documents containing all crime-related data and criminal history information of persons in Nevada. The information in Nevada criminal records is assembled from various sources, including local, county, and state repositories and trial and appeal courts and county and state correctional facilities.
Criminal records are the most comprehensive of all police records compiled on Nevada residents. Persons who obtain these documents can expect to find the following information:
- The full name of the subject of the record (including any aliases)
- A mugshot of the subject and details of unique physical descriptors
- The birth date of the offender
- A full set of fingerprints
- All indictments (both past and most recent)
- Arrest information as well as past/outstanding warrants
- Dispositions and conviction information
Are Nevada Criminal Records Public?
Yes, pursuant to Chapter 179A of Nevada state law, anyone may obtain a copy of their criminal record or notice of the absence of a criminal history record. While the protocol for criminal record assemblage and management varies between jurisdictions, most Nevada criminal records are organized and maintained by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Through these depositories, state public criminal records are available in the form of a Criminal Background Report. Interested public members may apply for criminal records or notice of the absence of a criminal history record in person or by mail.
Criminal records, considered public in the United States, are made available through some third-party aggregate sites. Searching with third-party websites is often easier as the information is not limited to geographic record availability. Information found on third-party websites can serve as a jumping off point for parties searching for a specific record or multiple records. Typically, requesters must provide the following information to gain access to these records:
- The record subject’s name, unless the subject is a juvenile.
- The record subjects’ last known location, including cities, counties, and states.
Third-party websites offer these search services, but they are not government sponsored. Availability of records may vary.
How to Obtain Criminal Records in Nevada
The Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History makes Nevada criminal records available to the public. Individuals interested in applying for their criminal records or notice of the absence of a criminal history record may do so in person or by mail. Requesters must complete a criminal history records request form, attach a fingerprint card (if applying for a record) and $27 in payment, and submit the package to:
Department of Public Safety
Records, Communication and Compliance Division
333, West Nye Lane, Suite 100
Carson City, NV 89706
The public can also go to the local sheriff or police department for a criminal record search. Such records, however, will be specific to that office or department. Another option for obtaining criminal records at the county level is to visit the courts for on-demand court records. Finally, individuals that wish to run a free public criminal record check may visit third-party sources. However, the information that third parties offer may be out of date.
What are Nevada Arrest Records?
Nevada arrest records are official documents that provide information regarding a person's apprehension and detention following their alleged involvement in criminal activity within the state. While these records indicate that the subject is/was detained or questioned, they may not be used to prove their involvement in the alleged crime. Arrest records differ from indictment or criminal records in that the subject of an arrest record may or may not be guilty or charged with an offense.
Arrest records in Nevada typically feature details of the alleged crime as well as:
- The personal information of the subject
- The place, date, and time of the arrest
- The location of the holding facility
- The case status
- The names of the arresting officer and issuer of the warrant
Are Nevada Arrest Records Public?
Yes, Nevada arrest records are public property - according to the state’s public records laws. While the Nevada Department of Public Safety collates arrest and criminal records, Nevada Police Departments and Nevada Criminal Courts also maintain public arrest records.
Members of the public may obtain free arrest records by running an arrest search at local police departments or criminal courts.
What are Nevada Arrest Warrants?
Nevada arrest warrants are notarized court orders providing the bearer with legal authorization to arrest or detain persons named on the document. A warrant is typically issued in connection with an alleged criminal offense. They are also signed and issued by a judge or magistrate for local or state law enforcement agencies. Nevada arrest warrants typically indicate the name of the suspect to be arrested as well as other relevant arrest-related details such as:
- The alleged criminal offense of the individual
- Restrictions on the authority of the arresting officer
- The place, date, and time restrictions for the arrest
- An expiry date
- Any applicable bail/bond terms
As per Nevada state laws, the police can arrest a person for committing a crime even without an active warrant. This can be the case if an officer of the law is a witness to the crime or if the individual is alleged to have committed a felony. Sheriff offices and police departments routinely publish a list of active warrants on their official websites. Interested persons may perform an active warrant search on such websites to see information about a person’s alleged crimes.
What are Nevada Jail and Inmate Records?
Nevada jail and inmate records refer to documents that detail information regarding prisoners of the state and correctional institutions within the jurisdiction of the state. While these records are primarily generated by the various jurisdictions and their correctional facilities, detention centers, and housing units, these institutions are unified under the state's Department of Corrections. Jail records in Nevada typically include the full name and alias of the inmate, convicted offense, the prisoners’ biodata, the rate of incarceration and prospective release date, and the location of the correctional facility and the security level. The Nevada Department of Corrections maintains a database containing inmate search information. Interested persons can carry out an inmate lookup by name or DOC number.
What is the Nevada Sex Offender Registry?
The Nevada sex offender registry refers to a public-access database of information pertaining to registered sex offenders in Nevada. These are typically compiled by various jurisdictions, and the data available usually include the full names and aliases of offenders as well as their bio-address, home/work/school addresses, criminal histories, and compliance status. Who is eligible to be listed on a sex offender registry is often decided by a judge who has discretion as to whether they need registration for crimes besides the charges listed under the sex offender registration law. In addition to the listings maintained by the law enforcement agencies of various jurisdictions, the state Department of Public Safety maintains the Nevada Sex Offender Public Registry.
What is a DUI in Nevada?
In Nevada, driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most serious traffic violations a driver can commit. Alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to drive properly, and this could lead to life-threatening accidents. Nevada’s police officers regularly scan the streets for vehicles with seemingly impaired drivers and subject them to field sobriety tests.
Any driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.08% (0.04% for commercial drivers or 0.02% for underage drivers) is immediately placed under arrest for drunk driving. The penalties for driving under the influence in Nevada range from $400 to $2000 in fines, 48 hours to 6 years in prison, or 185 days to three years without a driver’s license.
What are Misdemeanors in Nevada?
Nevada state misdemeanors are non-indictable offenses that are known to be less severe than felonies. They are typically distinguished from felonies by the damage caused to persons or property and whether there is proof of intent to sell or distribute the drugs. In the state of Nevada, misdemeanors are categorized as gross misdemeanors (more serious crimes, but not felonies) and misdemeanors (less serious crimes). In most cases, the penalties for this crime are impacted by the criminal history of the offender.
Some examples of gross misdemeanor crimes in Nevada include:
- Stalking without the use of the internet
- Indecent exposure,
- Crimes against government property (resulting in damage between $250 and $5,000)
- Carrying a concealed weapon (first offense).
Misdemeanors in Nevada include:
- Assault without a deadly weapon
- Battery without a deadly weapon
- Petty larceny (shoplifting an item or items valued at less than $650).
What are Felonies in Nevada?
Nevada felony offenses are crimes that often attract penalties of a jail sentence of more than one year, which may be served in a county jail or state prison. In some cases, a felony conviction may be punishable by the death penalty. As per Nevada state law, felony crimes are organized into categories from Category A through E. Category A felonies are the more serious felonies in Nevada, and Category E felonies are the least serious. Category A felonies in Nevada are punishable by the death penalty, life in prison without parole, or life in prison with a possibility of parole. On the other hand, a Category E felony is punishable from 1 year to 4 years. Some examples of Nevada felony crimes include:
- Category A Felonies: first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault
- Category B Felonies: assault with a deadly weapon, battery (with the intention to kill)
- Category C Felonies: stalking, violation of restraining order
- Category D Felonies: manslaughter, third-degree arson
- Category E Felonies: gang recruitment
What are Nevada Probation Records?
Nevada probation records are official documents detailing that a person has been offered probation as an alternative to prison. Probation allows people convicted of a crime in Nevada to serve their sentences out of custody as long as they follow probation conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer. In Nevada, the probation office issues probation in proportion to the crime, so the length and nature of probation differ between offenders. Probation may be minimally supervised, supervised, or intensive. Intensive probation is a form of very strict probation that has conditions that vary from state to state but that emphasize punishment and control of the offender within the community.
What are Nevada Juvenile Criminal Records?
A juvenile criminal record is an official record of information about criminal activity committed by children or adolescents who are not yet of legal adult age. Juveniles are not considered convicted of a crime like an adult but instead are tried in a juvenile court and found to be “adjudicated delinquent.” These criminal records are often mistakenly erased or expunged once a person becomes of legal adult age. Still, the record remains in the juvenile justice system unless the person petitions to have it expunged.
What are Nevada Conviction Records?
Nevada state conviction records are official documents that indicate that a person was found guilty of a criminal offense following their indictment and court hearing. This document details the alleged offense, the convict’s plea at the time of the court proceedings, and the judgment delivered. Mostly, conviction records only include information regarding cases where the subject was found to be guilty of the crime. The records also feature details such as the personal data of the accused, details of the indictment, and the court’s final judgment. It will also include information on fines, sentences, community service, and mandatory counseling sentences that resulted. The record also contains details of dishonorable discharges, probation, and paroles. However, judgments that are reversed or pardoned may be excluded from the record.
History and Accuracy of Nevada Criminal Records
The accuracy of criminal records depends on the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record is assembled and later digitized. Nevada criminal records archives usually tend to go back as far as the 1970s. This is when criminal and arrest data started to be centralized and compiled into an organized database, much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past, but in the 1990s, the quality and accuracy of record-keeping improved exponentially due to the advent of the computer.