Crime Against a Child Defined
A Vegas Defense Lawyer Defines Crimes Against a Child
A person who is convicted of a crime against a child is required to register within the state of Nevada. Registration can have a serious affect on your future for the rest of your life. If you have been accused of an offense that is considered a crime against a child, you must do everything you can to fight being convicted so you can avoid registration. You may also wish to look into negotiating a plea deal if the prosecutor is willing to charge you with a lesser offense that does not necessitate registration.
LV Criminal Defense represents many people who have been accused of a crime against a child. We fight hard to help you stay off the registry and avoid the life-changing consequences which can result from a verdict of guilty. The sooner you involve us in your case the better, as we can begin developing the strongest possible legal strategy.
If you have already been convicted of a crime against a child, you also need to understand the implications- including what happens when you are mandated to register. A Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer can assist you in complying with registration obligations with the goal of avoiding further penalties and consequences for failure to follow Nevada mandates. Give us a call as soon as possible to find out more about the different ways in which we can assist you.
What is the Definition of Crimes Against a Child?
Nevada Revised Statute section 176.0923 defines crime against a child. According to the relevant statute, crime against a child “has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 179D.0357.” This means you must consult N.R.S. 179D.0357 to find out what criminal offenses constitute a crime against a child.
According to N.R.S. 179D.0357, crimes against a child include:
• Kidnapping a child if you are neither the parent or the guardian of the victim. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a child.
• Falsely imprisoning a child, defined as someone under 18, unless you are the parent or the guardian of the underaged victim.
• Involuntary servitude of a child under 18, unless you are the parent or the guardian of the victim
• Sex trafficking of a minor under the age of 18
• Prostitution involving a child under the age of 18
• Any offense committed in a different jurisdiction which would be considered a crime against a child in Nevada
• Any attempt to commit an offense which is listed in N.R.S. 179D.0357. For example, attempted kidnapping is considered a crime against a child even if the kidnapping is not successful.
If you are convicted of a crime against a child, N.R.S. 176.0926 states that notice of your conviction must be made to the Central Repository, which is a centralized database of criminal records. The Central Repository has the duty of notifying local law enforcement to initiate your registration, or to update your registration if you have already been required to register due to previous offenses.
A conviction for a crime against a child also means you must be notified as part of your sentencing that you are required to register and must be informed of the registration requirements. Registration requirements include keeping law enforcement apprised of where you live and when you move, and notifying law enforcement if you begin attending or working in any institute of education. If you move to a different state outside of Nevada’s jurisdiction, you must comply with that state’s registration requirements.
Getting Help from a Las Vegas Defense Lawyer
You must take any case involving a crime against a child very seriously, as the penalties and registration requirements can change your life forever. LV Criminal Defense wants to help. Give us a call as soon as possible to speak with a Vegas defense lawyer and to learn about the assistance we can offer in fighting charges or complying with registration requirements.