Within 48 hours of being released from custody or crossing state lines into Nevada, you are required to register with your local law enforcement agency. Once you register, you are legally obligated to notify police when you change your address and to complete an annual verification form and submit it to the Criminal History Repository.
Additionally, registered sex offenders are required to appear in person in at least one jurisdiction in which the individual lives or is a student or worker. Tier I offenders must do this annually, Tier II offenders must do so every 180 days, and Tier III offenders must do so every 90 days.
If a registered sex offender fails to register with a local law enforcement agency, fails to inform the agency of a change in name, resident, employment or academic status, provides false or misleading information to the agency or Central Repository, or other violates any provisions of their sentence, it is considered a category D felony. This type of felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years and a maximum fine of $5,000.
A subsequent failure to register within years of the first violation results in a category C felony. This felony carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you have been charged with failure to register as a sex offender, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can evaluate your case and determine all of your available defenses. For example, you did register and your data failed to properly record or some form of human error. Perhaps your job requires you to frequently relocate or travel, resulting in missed dates. Whatever the case may be, do not hesitate to get the legal help necessary to protect your rights.