Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains Rules for the Central Repository
Nevada requires registered sex offenders to provide extensive information, all of which is kept in a Central Repository and which can be provided to appropriate law enforcement personal and others who need access to the data. The rules for sex offender registration are found within Chapter 179D of Nevada’s code of criminal procedure, and this chapter also includes information about how the state’s Central Repository should work.
If you have been accused of a sex offense and you are at risk of being found guilty of an offense which would require you to register as a sex offender, you should contact LV Criminal Defense right away to find out what options are available to you for fighting against life-changing charges. The services our firm offers also do not end after conviction. If you are required to register as a sex offender, we can help you to comply with the rules, protect your rights, and understand your options for shortening the duration of your registration.
To find out more about the assistance that we can provide, about how a Nevada defense lawyer at our firm can help sex offenders to comply with the rules, and about how we can help you to minimize or avoid consequences, give us a call today.
We can also explain to you Nevada’s laws on how the Central Repository works, which will be important to understand if you want to ensure that you know exactly what is happening with the information that you must provide as a registered sex offender.
Nevada’s Rules for the Central Repository
N.R.S. 179D.570 is the statute found within the Central Repository subsection on Nevada’s code of criminal procedure, Chapter 179D. The relevant statute explains the obligations of the Central Repository to share information with certain other agencies and establishes some specific regulations associated with the sharing of information.
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According to N.R.S. 179D.570, the Central Repository is required to share information, in accordance with the rules set forth in Chapter 179D, about sex offenders and about offenders who have been convicted of a crime against a child. There are a list of specific agencies with which the Central Repository must share information about registered sex offenders, which the repository receives from courts and law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Nevada when someone is required by law to register as a sex offender.
The Central Repository must share information with the Stage Gaming Control Board. The Repository not only must provide information to the State Gaming Commission about gaming employees who are sex offenders and who are convicted of crimes against children, but also must provide the Gaming Control Board with the identifying information of offenders who are not in compliance with rules that the Board and Repository have agreed upon.
The Central Repository also must provide information about registered offenders to the Department of Motor Vehicles, so the DMV can carry out provisions found in N.R.S. 483.283, 483.861 and 483.929. These provisions related to license renewal after a criminal conviction.
When the Central Repository provides information about offenders in accordance with the requirements of N.R.S. 179D.570, the Central Repository also must provide details about whether or not the sex offender about whom it is sharing information is, or is not, in compliance with all of the provisions found in Chapter 179D.
The Central Repository is obligated to share information with the appropriate agencies, including with the Department of Motor Vehicles and with the Gaming Board, as expeditiously as possible under the specific circumstances of the case. The Repository is vested with the authority to adopt regulations that are necessary in order to carry out the requirements that were imposed upon the repository by N.R.S. 179D.
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The Central Repository is a valuable database of information. In addition to complying with all of the requirements that are associated with N.R.S. 179D.570, the Repository serves as a major source of records on not just sex offenders, but also other convicted offenders who are required to register with the state. The information that is kept within the Central Repository can come from different law enforcement agencies all over the entire state of Nevada and it is kept in a centralized place so it is very easy for law enforcement officials to search the Repository.
The Repository can keep detailed records about very specific details of a sex offender’s identity, place of work, residence, and the nature of the crime that the sex offender committed. The comprehensive information that is kept within the Central Repository can be accessed by authorized law enforcement personnel in order to make investigations easier. Police can look for patterns of behavior and identifying characteristics of a particular offender when a new crime has been committed in order to get an idea if a past offender who is registered has committed a similar crime. This can lead police to identify a suspect who is committing the same type of offense as the suspect has been convicted for committing in the past.
While the Repository is an important public health and safety tool, having a record in the repository– and having that record shared with others – can be problematic for those who have been convicted of criminal offenses. You do not want to be forced to register and have a record in the Repository if there is a way for you to avoid doing so, so it becomes very important to work with an experienced attorney to try to create a smart strategy for avoiding conviction for a serious criminal offense.
Getting Help from a Nevada Criminal Lawyer
Nick Wooldridge – a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide personalized one-on-one advice appropriate to your situation, whether you are fighting against being convicted as a sex offender, trying to comply with registration requirements, or working to ensure that your rights as an offender are respected.
Give us a call today to learn about all of the different services that we can offer you as you try to navigate Nevada’s criminal justice system while protecting your future.