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LV Criminal Defense Explains Definition of Release

Release from Las Vegas prisonThe state of Nevada mandates that many individuals convicted of sexually-based offenses register their information with law enforcement. The state also requires registration for those convicted of crimes against children, as well as for certain other offenders. While defendants convicted of many different kinds of felonies could be required to register as convicted offenders, the rules differ for those accused of sex crimes or crimes against children compared with other convicted felons with a history of different types of criminal activity.

If you are accused of a sex crime or a crime against a child, you should be aware of potentially life-changing consequences associated with being made to register as a sex offender. You could be deprived of career opportunities, could be limited in where you can live, and could be restricted in certain activities… not to mention the damage to your reputation when members of your community learn of your offender status. You want to aggressively fight against charges related to sexual offenses, and you should talk with a Vegas defense attorney about your options for trying to get acquitted or at least reduce charges to avoid registration.

LV Criminal Defense is a trusted defense firm because we have helped many defendants accused of sex crimes to avoid a guilty verdict. But, this is not the only help that we can offer you. If you’ve been convicted of a sex offense and need assistance with registration rules and requirements including rules found in Chapter 179D of Nevada’s criminal code, we are also here to advise you and protect your legal interests.

Give us a call today to find out how we can help you to fight charges and how we can help to cope with registration.

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Nevada’s Definition of Release for Sex Offender Registration

Chapter 179D of Nevada’s rules of criminal procedure provides many of the guidelines for sex offender registration and establishes many of the requirements of registration. For example, one of the key requirements relates to the limited period of time that you have to actually register as a sex offender after your conviction or after your release from incarceration.

To make sure you comply with time limits connected to registering after your release, you need to know how the law defines “release.” You can find this out in N.R.S. 179D.080, which is part of the general provisions section of Chapter 179D that contains definitions of other terms used within the chapter.

According to N.R.S. 179D.080, the term “release” when it is used in the sex offender statute relates to being released either from confinement or incarceration. The definition is a broad one, and you are considered to have been released if you were released on parole, probation, or supervised release. You are also considered to be released when your term of incarceration expires and you are no longer behind bars, or when you are no longer confined to an institution like a mental health facility, a hospital, or a school.

After your release, you will need to comply with provisions set forth in Nevada Revised Statutes sections 179D.441 through N.R.S. 179D.495. In particular, you will need to comply with N.R.S. 179D.445, which establishes the protocol for your initial registration. Under N.R.S. 179D.445, you must register initially within the jurisdiction where you were convicted even before being released from incarceration or confinement. If you are not imprisoned, then you must register within three business days after you were sentenced for the sex crime.

You don’t want to face consequences for failing to register in a timely fashion, so you should make certain to understand and comply with initial and ongoing registration rules.

Getting Help From LV Criminal Defense

A Vegas defense firm can provide help in understanding all of the details that are required in connection with sex offender registration. LV Criminal Defense has helped many clients who have been convicted of sex offenses and we are ready to put our knowledge to work to advise you on how best to protect your future and stability after release.

Give us a call today to find out more.

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