Nick Wooldridge Explains Registration Requirements
In the state of Nevada, registration is required after certain criminal convictions. Many people are aware that sex offenders must comply with certain registration mandates. However, it is not only sex offenders who may need to register and fulfill certain obligations for maintaining contact with law enforcement officials. Certain other defendants convicted of criminal acts will also need to be registered.
Being required to register as an offender can be burdensome and frustrating. After your conviction, you just want to move on with your life and not have the record of your crime haunting you. You don’t want to be involved in the criminal justice system for any longer than necessary, and registration requirements mean that you cannot fully move on.
To help reduce the chances you will become trapped in a situation where you are forced to register after criminal convictions, you should reach out to a Nevada criminal lawyer as soon as possible after you have been charged with a criminal offense. You need to ensure that you have developed a smart legal strategy to reduce the chances of a conviction, and LV Criminal Defense will help you to do that.
Our legal team has extensive experience helping clients to successfully fight criminal charges so they get their charges dropped, so they are acquitted, or so they enter into plea deals to reduce the consequences of their crimes. We can put our legal experience to work to help you to avoid registration, or can help you to understand what registration means for you.
Whether you want assistance fighting charges or need help understanding how to deal with registration requirements imposed upon you after a criminal conviction, give us a call today.
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Nevada Laws on Registration of Convicted Offenders
Nevada’s code of criminal procedure has several chapters related to registration rules. Chapter 179Cs set forth rules and requirements for registration for convicted offenders who are not sex offenders (different rules are applicable for individuals convicted of sexual offenses or crimes against children).
Chapter 179 provides a definition of “convicted person,” to establish who must register. According to the relevant law found in Nevada Revised Statute section 179C.010, a convicted person is a person who was found guilty of certain felony criminal offenses either in the state of Nevada or outside of the state. However, for purposes of Chapter 179C, a convicted person does not include someone accused of a sex crime or a crime against a child.
Convicted persons who meet the definition in Chapter 179.010 must comply with the requirements and procedure for registration that are set forth in Nevada Revised Statutes sections 176C.100 through 179C.120, unless the convicted person has had his civil rights restored.
The first of the relevant laws, N.R.S. 179C.100, mandates that individuals who are required to register must meet with local law enforcement within a 48-hour period. Registration can be required not just for people who live within Nevada, but also for convicted persons who visit the state of Nevada multiple times and/or who visit for an extended period of time.
Those who must register can do so by completing a written form provided by the sheriff or provided by the chief of police which contains information including a physical description, details about the offenses that resulted in conviction, the location where each conviction took place, the name under which the conviction was issued, the name of penal institutions where the registering person was confined, and the location and type of residence where the registering person will be residing. N.R.S. 179C.120 also mandates that any further information requested by the sheriff also must be provided.
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The information that is provided by convicted persons who register must be forwarded to the state of Nevada’s Central Repository in accordance with the requirements set forth in N.R.S. 179C.160. N.R.S. 179C.170 provides details on where registration information must be stored, on the inspection of the information that has been provided, and on the circumstances under which the information that has been provided in registration can be transmitted to certain persons or can be transmitted to certain agencies.
If a convicted person who is required to register changes his or her address, N.R.S. 179C.110 mandates that the convicted person provide notice of the change within 48 hours after making the move. The convicted person must submit notice of the change on a written form that is provided by the sheriff or that is provided by the chief of police. The form must be signed, and must include details including the convicted person’s name, any aliases that the convicted person has used, and any other relevant information.
While registration is required, the law makes clear that no convicted persons are required to carry registration cards with them and no convicted persons can be subject to any punishment associated with the failure to carry a registration card.
Penalties can, however, be imposed in circumstances where the convicted person provides misleading information. N.R.S. 179C.200 prohibits the provision of misleading information, and N.R.S. 179C.200 establishes penalties for providing misleading information. When a person violates any provisions of N.R.S. 179C, including by providing misleading information to law enforcement in connection with required registration, this violation can result in misdemeanor charges.
Getting Help from a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer
LV Criminal Defense can provide you with tough, assertive legal advocacy so you can create a sound strategy for responding to charges. With our help, you can hopefully avoid some of the life-changing consequences that could come with a criminal conviction… including registration.
If you are required to register, you don’t want to make your legal situation worse or risk additional penalties as a result of a failure to comply with legal requirements. Our legal team can guide you through the process of complying with registration mandates and can help you to understand your rights within the system that requires you to register.
To find out more about the ways in which we can help you as you navigate any part of the criminal justice process, give us a call today.