If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you have certain obligations under the law in the state of Nevada. For many convicted sex offenders, one of the biggest burdens associated with a guilty verdict is being required to register as a sex offender and is required to keep registration updated. Not only can be required to register impact every aspect of your life, from school to work to where you live, but it can also be time-consuming and difficult simply to cope with the bureaucracy of being made to register with law enforcement.
There are serious consequences for not complying with registration requirements, and you do not want to find yourself in a situation where you are not fulfilling your obligations and you get into legal trouble. LV Criminal Defense can help to make sure that it does not happen. Our legal team will be there to explain registration rules and requirements, to help you to protect your rights, and to assist you in defending yourself if you are accused of violating the rules for registration.
The best time to reach out to a Las Vegas criminal lawyer at our firm is before you are convicted so you can try to fight for an acquittal and hopefully not have to register as a sex offender in the first place.
However, if you do need to register, don’t hesitate to get help from our legal team to avoid further problems. Give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which we can assist you and to find out about the help that we can offer in protecting your rights.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Under Nevada’s laws, Chapter 179D of the code of criminal procedure sets forth all of the rules and requirements that are associated with sex offender registration. Within this Chapter, N.R.S. 179D.450 explains the rules for registering as a sex offender after you have been convicted of an offense for which registration is required.
According to N.R.S. 179D.450, the Central Repository which keeps records in the state of Nevada will take action upon receiving notice from a court that an offender has been convicted of a sex offense and/or an offense against a child which results in the offender being required to register.
If there is already a record of registration for the offender, the Central Repository will update the existing record. If there is no existing record, the Central Repository will notify the law enforcement agency in the appropriate jurisdiction so a record of registration can be established. If an offender is granted probation and won’t be immediately incarcerated, the Central Repository should provide notice right away. If the offender is going to be incarcerated, notice will be provided before the offender is released.
N.R.S. 179D.450 also indicates that when an offender is incarcerated or confined, the Department of Corrections or a local law enforcement agency must notify the offender before the release of his duty to register with the law enforcement agency in the location where the offense was committed. The offender should also be informed of his duty to register in counties where he or she will be living, working, or attending school. Offenders must also be informed of their duty to keep their registration updated by providing appropriate notice when changing employment, changing where they live or changing an academic status.
A Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense can provide help with all aspects of sex offender registration. We can work with you early on in your case to help you try to avoid a conviction that will lead to registration and we can help you to cope with registration rules and requirements if you have already been convicted.
Give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which our legal team is here to help you.