"Certificates of Good Conduct" in Nevada
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys

A Certificate of Good Conduct in Nevada is very similar to a Pardon.

People who have been convicted of a crime in Nevada may be able to petition the government for a Certificate of Good Conduct as official proof that they have been rehabilitated.  Getting a certificate of good conduct can be very difficult.  But a skilled Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer is familiar with all the procedures and can maximize the applicant's chances of success.

This article provides an overview of Certificates of Good Conduct in Nevada including what they are, what they do, and how to get them.  Keep reading to learn more.

What is a Certificate of Good Conduct in
Las Vegas, Nevada?

Like it sounds, a Certificate of Good Conduct in Nevada is official government recognition that the recipient has demonstrated "good conduct" since having been convicted of a crime.

In other words, Certificates of Good Conduct help soften the effects of having a criminal conviction.  They serve as government proof that the applicant has reformed since the conviction and should no longer be discriminated against because of it.

What are the benefits of a Certificate of Good Conduct in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Depending on the case, people with Nevada criminal convictions may apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct for any of the following reasons:

  1. To remove a legal disability that they incurred because of their conviction (such as a bar to hold a gaming license); or
  2. To furnish evidence of their good moral character where it's required by law (such as when applying for government jobs); or
  3. To furnish evidence of their "rehabilitation" (as long as they can show outstanding public service or other unusual and compelling evidence)

Certificates of Good Conduct also relieve people who have been convicted of either a Category A felony or two separate felonies from having to register as a convicted person unless that person was convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense.

Note that Certificates of Good Conduct do not restore the right to bear arms.  Also note that Certificates do not guarantee that the person will get a certain job or a professional license.  Employers and licensing boards still can turn down an applicant even if he/she has a Certificate.

What's the difference between Certificates of Good Conduct and Pardons in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Actually, Certificates of Good Conduct are nearly identical to Pardons in except that Certificates do not restore the right to bear arms in Nevada.  And neither Certificates nor Pardons relieve a convicted sex offender from the requirement to register.  See our article on Pardons in Nevada.

What's the difference between Certificates of Good Conduct and Record Seals in Las Vegas, Nevada?

They are very different.  Certificates do not hide past convictions on the applicant's record . . . certificates just attest to the applicant's good behavior since the conviction.  In contrast, a record seal hides a person's criminal past on their record so that future employers and others can't see it.

Read more about Record Seals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who grants Certificates of Good Conduct in
Las Vegas, Nevada?

The Nevada Board of Pardon Commissioners is the government body that grants certificates of good conduct as well as Pardons.  The Board is comprised of the Governor, the justices of the Supreme Court, and the Attorney General.  The Board meets in Carson City, Nevada.

When can someone apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct in Las Vegas, Nevada?

A person who's been convicted of a crime may apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct in Nevada only after at least five (5) years have elapsed from when the criminal case was closed.

Can people with out-of-state convictions receive a Certificate of Good Conduct in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Yes, but only after the person has been a resident of Nevada for at least five (5) years.

Is each Certificate of Good Conduct the same in
Las Vegas, Nevada?

No.  Certificates of Good Conduct are tailored for the applicant.  Each certificate lists the purpose of the certificate and what specific rights it restores.

How hard is it to get a Certificate of Good Conduct in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Right now, it's nearly impossible even if the applicant has demonstrated good conduct since the conviction.  Nevada hasn't issued any certificates in years.  Instead potential applicants are encouraged to apply for Pardons.  Go to our page on Pardons in Nevada.

However Certificates of Good Conduct may still be a possibility worth exploring depending on the circumstances.

How does someone apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct in Las Vegas, Nevada?

It's recommended that applicants hire legal counsel to take care of the application process.  Applicants without an attorney should contact the Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners at (775) 687-8278 or at 1445 Old Hot Springs Rd. #108B, Carson City, NV 89711, for instructions.

Once the application is submitted, the Executive Secretary of the Pardons Board does an initial review and decides whether to submit it to the entire Board for review.  If the application makes this first "cut," the Board will notify the applicant as well as the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation in order to conduct an investigation of the case.

Once the investigation is done, the Board will review the information and may hold an informal hearing.  The Board may require that the applicant be present and that all testimony be given under oath.  The Board may also take into consideration any affidavits or depositions related to the case.  The Board will then make a decision whether to grant the Certificate of Good Conduct.

Note that anyone who wishes to testify at the hearing (and whose name wasn't listed in the original application) has to notify the Executive Secretary of the Board at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing.

Can someone with a Certificate of Good Conduct also apply for a Pardon in Las Vegas Nevada?

Yes.  A person who's applied for or received a Certificate of Good Conduct is also free to apply for a Pardon in Nevada.

Convicted?  Call us . . . .

If you've been convicted of a criminal offense in Nevada, call Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).  They can meet with you for free to explore your options of minimizing the fallout of the conviction.  You may be eligible for a certificate of good conduct, a pardon, and/or a record seal.

For information about Certificates of Rehabilitation in California, go to our web article on Certificates of Rehabilitation in California.

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