A felony has a big impact on a person’s life and if you live in Nebraska, you’ve come here trying to find out how to get the felony off your record. Realize that with all felony records, there are three options you can take. 1) Expunge Your Record2) Seal Your Record,3) Request a Pardon of Your RecordThe problem though is that all states don’t offer all three of these options. But before we get into what Nebraska offers, let’s review what each of these options actually mean.
If you get your record expunged in Nebraska it’s as if your arrest and/or charges never happened. Your record is completely destroyed, including all physical and public records. When asked if have a criminal record, after expungement, you can truthfully answer “no”.
Sealing your record in Nebraska is similar to expungement, but your record still exists in a limited form. The public does not have access to your record, but there are some exceptions. Your records can still be accessed by law enforcement and the courts. Record sealing is not as secure as expungement, but it is a reasonable alternative that is comparatively easier to obtain if your state offers it.
If you receive a pardon in Nebraska, you still have record of your arrest or charge, but your guilt is exonerated. That is, you have proven that you are rehabilitated and forgiven for your crimes. You can also get relief in terms of having various rights restored, such as your right to vote. The requirements for pardons vary between states, but typically there is a lot of documentation required, and includes lengthy waiting periods to apply and receive a pardon.
Things to Know Before You Start
First: It’s important to understand that every state is different in terms of what methods are available for felons to remove their record and the information below will help you understand what you can do in Nebraska.
Felony Expungement in Nebraska
No, it is not possible to expunge your felony in Nebraska
Sealing a Recordin Nebraska
Yes, it is possible to seal your record in Nebraska but it depends on the felony.
Getting a Pardonin Nebraska
Yes, it is possible to get a pardon of your record in Nebraska but it depends on the felony.
Second: When trying to clear your record, you really have two options. The first is to get a free consultation from a lawyer to see what they think of your case, and the second is to try to do all of the paperwork yourself.
Third: We HIGHLY recommend that you get a free consultation from a lawyer prior to taking any action. We say this because whether you want to expunge, seal, or pardon your record, it’s an extremely complicated process. Failure to follow the process properly can end up with you being denied for the request and having to wait additional time (sometimes several years) before you can file again. In addition, getting an expungement lawyer can increase your odds of succeeding and sometimes it’s more affordable than you think. The first step is to click on the button below to confirm that you’re eligible for the expungement/sealing of your record.
TAKE THE ELIGIBILITY TESTQuick NavigationCan You Expunge a Felony in Nebraska?How to Expunge a Felony in NebraskaCan You Seal Your Criminal Record in Nebraska?How to Seal Your Criminal Record in NebraskaCan You Apply for a Pardon in Nebraska?How to Apply for a Pardon in Nebraska
Can You Expunge a Felony in Nebraska?
Nebraska law does not permit expungement or sealing for misdemeanor or felony convictions.
Can You Seal Your Criminal Record in Nebraska?
Only juvenile records can be sealed in Nebraska. After your record is sealed no employer can see if you have a juvenile record, and no record should show up in a criminal background check. The court can determine whether not you were satisfactorily rehabilitated. If you are charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, your record will not be automatically sealed. You will need to apply to the court.
CANNOT SEAL IF…
<ol><li>You are an adult offender. Only juveniles can have their records sealed.</li></ol>
How to Seal Your Criminal Record in Nebraska
<ol><li>Before you begin this process, we insist that you <a draggable=”false” href=”https://www.felonyrecordhub.com/test/expungement”>take this eligibility test</a> to determine if you’re eligible to seal your record.</li><li>If you are eligible, you should talk to the lawyer that we refer you to so that you get an idea of the price for their services (it’s likely cheaper than you think because expungements are mostly paperwork) and see what other helpful information they can give you.</li><li>If you are <u>not</u> eligible to seal your record based on our test, then you should stop here.</li><li>If you are eligible to seal your record based on our test and want to do this without a lawyer, continue reading.</li><li>Only juveniles can have their records sealed. If you are an adult, there is no reason to continue.</li></ol>
Can You Apply for a Pardon in Nebraska?
Since you cannot seal your adult criminal record and expungement isn’t possible, your next option regarding a felony or misdemeanor conviction is to apply for a pardon. Pardons will not seal or expunge our record, but it will restore your civil rights. This includes the right to possess firearms, hold certain licenses, be a juror, plus hold public office.
For misdemeanors you need to wait three years for a pardon. Felonies require you to wait up to 10 years after you have completed your sentence and finish all imposed conditions. Appling for a pardon requires a visit before the Board of Pardons who make the pardon recommendation.
The Nebraska Board of Pardons was developed through Article IV, Section 13 of the Nebraska Constitution. The Board is made up of the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General.
CANNOT PARDON IF…
<ol><li>If you have been convicted of treason or impeachment against the laws of the State of Nebraska.</li><li>You have been convicted of other crimes.</li><li>You still have fines and fees owing.</li></ol>
How to Apply for a Pardon in Nebraska
<ol><li>Before you begin this process, we insist that you <a href=”https://www.felonyrecordhub.com/test/expungement”>take this eligibility test</a> to determine if you’re eligible to request a pardon for your record. In most cases, if you are eligible for expungement on our test, then you’ll be eligible for a pardon.</li><li>If you are eligible, you should talk to the lawyer that we refer you to so that you get an idea of the price for their services (it’s likely cheaper than you think because requesting a pardon is mostly paperwork) and see what other helpful information they can give you. </li><li>If you are <u>not</u> eligible based on our test, then you should stop here. </li><li>If you are eligible based on our test and want to do this without a lawyer, continue reading.</li><li>Fill out the forms that are <a href=”http://www.pardons.nebraska.gov/pardons.html”>available for download right here</a>.</li><li>Obtain three letters of recommendation. These letters may not be from a family member or friend.</li><li>Make sure all dates and crimes and included.</li><li>A personal statement is recommended. Include any hardship you are suffering because of the conviction and prove that you are a good citizen.</li><li>Read the<a href=”http://www.pardons.nebraska.gov/app_guidelines.html”> policy and procedure guidelines</a> from the Board of Pardons.</li></ol>
So, there you have it. Three separate ways to get rid of your record in Nebraska. As we’ve said numerous times throughout this page, this is a really complicated process and we highly recommend that you take this eligibility test prior to taking any action to determine if you are eligible for any of these options.
Please note, the information contained here is not legal advice and is strictly informational. If you have any further questions about the information above, or in general, you need to contact a lawyer directly.