In the state of Nevada, certain felony offenders are required to register with local law enforcement. This means providing certain information to the sheriff or to the chief of police. Registration is required for convicted persons and it is unlawful for a convicted person who is supposed to register to be in the state for more than a 48-hour period of time without submitting the appropriate forms.
When a convicted offender is supposed to register, Chapter 179C sets forth his registration obligations and establishes rules for fingerprinting of convicted persons. Chapter 179C also establishes the rules and requirements associated with the dissemination of information about convicted offenders.
It is important to understand your obligations and determine if you must register as a convicted person so you do not find yourself facing any additional legal trouble. LV Criminal Defense can explain Nevada laws on registration to both residents and to long-term or frequent visitors to the state, both of whom can be subject to registration requirements. We can also help defendants who have not yet been convicted of an offense to try to fight against conviction so they will not have to register.
You should give us a call as soon as you become involved in the criminal justice system to find out about the ways in which our Nevada criminal law firm can assist you with all legal issues related to your involvement with the state’s justice system. We are here to help before and after your conviction, so give us a call today.
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According to Nevada Revised Statute section 179C.160, when a convicted person has submitted registration information in accordance with state law, the information that has been submitted shall be forwarded to the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History.
The sheriff or chief of police is vested with the responsibility of forwarding a convicted person’s registration information to the Central Repository. The sheriff or chief who is responsible for forwarding the information must act in accordance with the instructions for forwarding that are provided by the Director of the Department of Public Safety.
According to 179C.170, the registration information that is provided by a convicted person and that is sent to the central repository will need to be placed into a separate file that is entirely apart from other records that the sheriff or the chief of police maintain. The information that is obtained through the registration of a convicted person must be kept in a form that is not open to inspection of the public. The separate file within the repository where the registration of convicted persons is kept should be searchable only by law enforcement and should not be accessible to the public.
N.R.S. 179C.170 also details what can should happen to the fingerprints that the convicted person must provide. Both copies of the registration information and copies of the fingerprints can be transmitted to sheriffs or chiefs of police; heads of organized police departments from any municipality; department heads in Nevada who are involved in enforcing criminal laws for the state; federal law enforcement officials; and the Nevada Gaming Commission or State Gaming Board. When out-of-state law enforcement officials make requests, information can also be transmitted under certain specific circumstances.
Having your information stored in a database and made available to local and national law enforcement can be a major burden and could leave you concerned about your privacy. You need to make certain that you know your rights and protect your interests – which means getting help from a Nevada criminal law firm to advocate for you and advise you.
You should contact LV Criminal Defense as soon as possible to find out more about the ways in which our legal team can help you to comply with registration and the ways in which we can help to avoid a conviction that could necessitate registration. Give us a call now to get an advocate on your side.