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What are Criminal Records?

Nevada criminal records are official documents containing all crime-related data and criminal history information of persons within the state. This information is assembled from various sources, including local, county and state repositories records as well as trial and appeal courts, and county and state correctional facilities.

While the protocol for criminal record assemblage and management varies between jurisdictions, the majority of Nevada criminal records are organized in online record depositories maintained by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Through these depositories, criminal records are available to the public in the form of a Criminal Background Report.

Given that different resources utilize varying non-standardized state level protocols, storage classifications, requirements, organization and digitization processes, the records presented on StateRecords.org may vary between individuals. Nonetheless, most criminal records feature sufficient information with which the subject’s criminal behavior can be evaluated.

 

What is contained in Criminal Records?

Criminal records in the state of Nevada generally feature the following:

  • The full name of the subject of the record (including any aliases)
  • A mugshot of the subject and details of unique physical descriptors
  • The birth date of the offender
  • A full set of fingerprints
  • All indictments (both past and most recent)
  • Arrest information as well as past/outstanding warrants
  • Dispositions and conviction information

What are Arrest Records?

Nevada arrest records are official documents that provide information regarding a person's apprehension and detention following their alleged involvement in criminal activity within the state. While these records indicate that the subject is/was detained and/or questioned, it may not be used to definitively prove their involvement in the alleged crime. Arrest records differ from indictment or criminal records in that the subject of an arrest record may or may not be guilty and/or charged with an offense.

Arrest records in Nevada typically feature details of the alleged crime as well as:

  • The personal information of the subject
  • The place, date and time of the arrest
  • The location of the holding facility
  • The case status
  • The names of the arresting officer and issuer of the warrant

What are Nevada Arrest Warrants?

Nevada arrest warrants are notarized court orders providing the bearer with legal authorization to arrest and/or detain persons named on the document. These warrants are typically issued in connection with an alleged criminal offense. They are also signed and issued by a judge or magistrate for local or state law enforcement agencies. Nevada arrest warrants typically indicate the name of the suspect to be arrested as well as other relevant arrest-related details such as:

  • The alleged criminal offense of the individual
  • Restrictions on the authority of the arresting officer
  • The place, date and time restrictions for the arrest
  • An expiry date
  • Any applicable bail/bond terms

As per Nevada state laws, the police can arrest a person for committing a crime even without a warrant. This can be the case if an officer of the law is witness to the crime or if the individual is alleged to have committed a felony.

What are Misdemeanors?

Nevada state misdemeanors are non-indictable offenses that are known to be less severe than felonies. They are typically distinguished from felonies by the damage caused to persons and/or property, and whether there is proof of intent to sell or distribute the drugs. In the state of Nevada, misdemeanors are categorized as gross misdemeanors (more serious crimes, but not felonies) and misdemeanors (less serious crimes). In most cases, the penalties for this crime are impacted by the criminal history of the offender.

Some examples of gross misdemeanor crimes in Nevada include:

  • Stalking without the use of the internet
  • Indecent exposure,
  • Crimes against government property (resulting in damage between $250 and $5,000)
  • Carrying a concealed weapon (first offense).

Misdemeanors in Nevada include:

  • Assault without a deadly weapon
  • Battery without a deadly weapon
  • Prostitution
  • Petty larceny (shoplifting an item or items valued at less than $650).

What are Felonies?

Nevada felony offenses are crimes that often attract penalties of a jail sentence of more than 1 year, which may be served in a county jail or state prison. In some cases, a felony conviction may be punishable by the death penalty. As per Nevada state law, felony crimes are organized into categories from Category A through E. Category A felonies are the more serious felonies in Nevada and Category E felonies are the least serious. A Category A felony in Nevada is punishable by the death penalty, life in prison without parole, or life in prison with a possibility of parole. A Category E felony is punishable from 1 year to 4 years. Some examples of Nevada felony crimes include:

  • Category A Felonies: first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault
  • Category B Felonies: assault with a deadly weapon, battery (with the intention to kill)
  • Category C Felonies: stalking, violation of restraining order
  • Category D Felonies: manslaughter, third-degree arson
  • Category E Felonies: gang recruitment

What is a Sex Offender Listing?

A Nevada sex offender listing refers to a public-access database of information pertaining to convicted sexual offenders These are typically complied by various jurisdictions, and the data available usually include the full names and aliases of offenders as well as their bio-address, home/work/school addresses, criminal histories and compliance status. Who is eligible to be listed on a sex offender registry is often decided by a judge who has discretion as to whether they need registration for crimes besides the charges listed under the sex offender registration law.

In addition to the listings maintained by the law enforcement agencies of various jurisdictions, the state Department of Public Safety maintains the Nevada Sex Offender Public Registry, which provides statewide information regarding offenders in the state.

What is Meghan's Law?

Megan's Law is the term for state laws that create and keep up a sex offender registry, which provides information on registered sex offenders to the public. The first Megan's Law appeared after the rape and murder of 7-year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's own neighborhood. Soon after passage of this first Megan's Law, the federal government requires all states to set up sex offender registries and offer the public with information about those registered.

In addition to any prison sentence or fine, a person convicted of sexual battery or sexual assault in Nevada must register as a sex offender. Sex offender status limits where the offender may live, work, go to school or even merely be present. The sex offender registry is accessible by employers, landlords, neighbors, schools and the public. Registration lasts many years and follows the offender long after the offender has been released from prison.

Nevada Serious Traffic Violation

Serious traffic violations in the state of Nevada are road-traffic offenses which often leads to severe losses or damage including the destruction of property or death. In Nevada, these offenses include aggressive or reckless driving, vehicular homicide, and manslaughter, drunk driving, speeding, and others. The penalty for these crimes generally varies depending on the offense and the criminal history of the offender. Typically, however, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is charged with determining the penalties for road-traffic violations. Thus, with every violation, the NDMV adds demerit points to the driving record of the offender. Persons who accumulate up to 12 points in 12 months, will have their state-license suspended for 6 months. Nonetheless, there remains a possibility to complete a traffic school course.

Nevada Conviction Records

Nevada state conviction records are official documents that indicate that a person was found guilty of a criminal offense following their indictment and court hearing. This document details the alleged offense, the convict’s plea at the time of the court proceedings and the judgment delivered. Mostly, conviction records only include information regarding cases where the subject was found to be guilty of the crime. The records also feature details such as the personal data of the accused, details of the indictment and the final judgment of the court as well as any fines, sentences, community service, and mandatory counseling sentences that resulted. The record also includes details of dishonorable discharges, probation, and paroles. However, judgments that are reversed or pardoned may be excluded from the record.

What are Jail and Inmate Records?

Nevada jail and inmate records refer to documents which detail information regarding prisoners of the state as well as correctional institutions within the jurisdiction of the state. While these records are primarily generated by the various jurisdictions and their correctional facilities, detention centers and housing units, these institutions are unified under the state's Department of Corrections. Jail and inmate records in the state of Nevada typically include the full name and alias of the inmate, convicted offense, the prisoners biodata, the rate of incarceration and prospective release date and the location of the facility where they are housed and the security level/ The Nevada Department of Corrections maintains a searchable inmate database containing the aforementioned information. Inmates may be searched by name or DOC number.

What are Probation Records?

Nevada probation records are official documents detailing that a person has been offered probation as an alternative to prison. Probation allows people convicted of a crime in Nevada to serve their sentences out of custody, as long as they follow probation conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer. Probation is issued in proportion to the crime, so the length and nature of probation differ between offenders. Probation may be minimally supervised, supervised or intensive. Intensive probation is a form of very strict probation that has conditions that vary from state to state but that emphasize punishment and control of the offender within the community.

What are Juvenile Criminal Records?

A juvenile criminal record is an official record of information about criminal activity committed by children or adolescents who are not yet of legal adult age. Juveniles are not considered convicted of a crime like an adult but instead, are found to be “adjudicated delinquent”. These criminal records are often mistakenly thought to be erased or expunged once a person becomes of legal adult age, but in fact, the record remains unless the person petitions to have it expunged. If a person was found adjudicated delinquent to a criminal offense, they do not have to respond “yes” if asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime, unless the question specifically asks if they were ever adjudicated delinquent as well.

Nevada History and Accuracy of Criminal Records

The accuracy of the data of criminal records depends on the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record is assembled and later digitized. Nevada criminal records archives usually tend to go back as far as the 1970s. This is when criminal and arrest data started to be centralized and compiled into an organized database much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past, but in the 1990s the quality and accuracy of record-keeping improved exponentially due to the advent of the computer. Consequently, the information provided on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person.

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