In the state of Nevada, registration of sex offenders is mandatory. Those who commit crimes against children may also be required to register, and certain felony offenders also must register as well. Sex offender registration and the registration of people who commit crimes against children are different from registration of a convicted person who has committed other felony offenses.
When required, registration is not optional and failure to comply with all rules associated with sex offender registration can have a very profound impact on an offender’s life because it can result in serious legal problems including the potential for additional jail time. The consequences of registration can impact almost every aspect of your life so you want to ensure that you do everything you can to avoid being made to register as an offender.
Depending upon the circumstances of your case, your best options to minimize the chances of required registration could involve trying to negotiate with a prosecutor to admit guilt to a less serious offense or trying to earn an acquittal in court. LV Criminal Defense can provide help devising a legal strategy and pursing the option that is right for you.
If you have been convicted and registration is now required, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys will provide you with assistance in understanding registration requirements so you can avoid further criminal proceedings and we can help you if you are faced with penalties for not complying with registration rules.
We can also assist you with understanding what rights you have, as there are rules against community members using publicly-available information to harass sex offenders.
You don’t want to take a chance of making a mistake and not knowing your obligations or your rights, so you should give our legal team a call for help as soon as possible if you have any involvement with the criminal justice system in connection with accusations that you committed a sexual offense or a crime against a child.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
In the state of Nevada, rules for sex offender registration can be found in N.R.S. Chapter 179D. There are many different rules and regulations found in Chapter 179D. Some of the statutes within this section help offenders to determine what tier of offender they will be classified as, what government agencies they must provide their information with, and what their duties are as registered offenders.
Anyone who has been accused of a sex crime or who has been found guilty of a sex crime should understand all of the provisions found in N.R.S. Chapter 179D, including those in the registration section of the relevant law.
The section of N.R.S. Chapter 179D contains certain general provisions defining terms that appear throughout the chapter, such as “sexually violent offense,” or “sexually violent predator,” or “registration. It also has a section on requirements and procedure for offenders who must register, and it contains details about prohibited acts and the penalties for engaging in those prohibited acts.
Some of the rules that were originally set forth in N.R.S. Chapter 179D have been repealed, which means these laws are no longer in effect and are no longer applicable. The parts of the Registration section, N.R.S. 179D.350 through N.R.S. 179D.430 have been repealed. These sections used to provide definitions.
Requirements and procedures, however, still remain in effect. N.RS. 179D.441 through N.R.S. 179D.495 provide details on the different rules for registration, including the duty to keep a registration current, the information which must be provided when registering, the process for registering after a conviction, the circumstances under which agencies must be notified of address changes, and the length of time an offender must register for.
According to N.R.S. 179D.441, an offender who has been convicted of sex offenses must register initially with local law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the offense took place. The offender may then need to register with specific law enforcement agencies as required by N.R.S. 179D.460 and 179D.480, and the offender must keep the registration current as required by N.R.S. 179D.447.
N.R.S.179D.475 provides information on the community notification rules for registered sex offenders. According to the relevant statute, when a sex offender has registered, the central repository of the state of Nevada which receives registration information should provide required information to the Attorney General of the United States; to any law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the offender lives, goes to school or works; to any agency that is responsible for conducting employment-related background checks; and to any organizations or companies that request notification of sex offender registration.
When local law enforcement agencies are provided with information about registered sex offenders, they should provide this information to public housing agencies where the offender resides, as well as to any schools, religious institutions, or youth organizations where the offender works or where the offender is taking classes. Local law enforcement should also notify any volunteer agencies where the offender is volunteering and might come into contact with children, as well as notifying child welfare services agencies. If the offender is a Tier III offender, members of the public should also be provided with notice as well.
Nicholas Wooldridge, Esq can provide you with assistance in understanding all of the current rules associated with the registration of a sex offender. It is best to contact our legal team early before you have been convicted of an offense that would necessitate you register as an offender and have your information shared with the community. However, if you have been convicted already, we can still offer you invaluable advice on compliance with registration requirements and we can keep you updated on changes to the rules and regulations.
The fact that some parts of N.R.S. Chapter 179D have already been repealed shows how important it is for you to understand the newest and most updated law, especially if you have ongoing registration requirements. Our firm will keep you updated of any changes that may need to be made, so give us a call today.