"Tier I" offenders in Nevada (NRS 179D.113)
(Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys)

Tier I is the least serious class of sex offenders in the Nevada Sex Offender Registry, and their identities are not publicly searchable in the database unless the victim was a child. Tier I (a.k.a. "Tier 1") offenders are required to register for 15 years, and they must personally check in with police once each year.

Tier I status applies to defendants convicted of certain non-violent Nevada sex crimes, such as the:

Failing to register as a sex offender in Nevada is a felony. But Tier 1 offenders may be able to get off the Nevada Sex Offender Registry early if they were compliant for 10 years.

In this article, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys explain the Nevada laws for Tier I offenders:

Also see our articles on Tier II offenders in Nevada and Tier III offenders in Nevada.

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Tier I offenders must register once a year in Nevada.

1. Definition of Tier I offender in Nevada

Tier 1 is the least serious category of sex offender in Nevada. Defendants get classified as Tier 1 following convictions of any sex crimes or crimes against children that are not ranked as Tier 2 or Tier 3.1

Historically under "Megan's Law," Tier 1 was synonymous as having a "low risk" of re-offending. But currently under the Adam Walsh Act in 2018, defendants are considered Tier 1 based only on the specific criminal offenses they are convicted of.2

2. Registration requirements for Tier I offenders in Nevada

Tier 1 sex offenders in Nevada are required to register for 15 years (scroll down to section 6 for information on how to lower the time period to 10 years).3 Additionally, Tier 1 offenders have to personally check in with police once a year.4

There are also some requirements that all convicted sex offenders have to abide by:

  1. Registering with the local police within 48 hours of being released from jail or prison;
  2. Notifying the local police within 48 hours of a change of name, residence, address, employment, or student status;
  3. Notifying the local police when they are extending a stay that was originally less than 30 days; and
  4. Submitting a verification form every year (that includes a photograph and fingerprints)5

Also, Tier 1 offenders who plan to keep driving must renew their driver's license once a year.6

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Tier 1 offenders are not publicly searchable.

3. Public searches for Tier I offenders in Nevada

Tier 1 offenders are not publicly searchable on the Nevada Sex Offender Registry database unless the victim was a child. Only Tier 2 and Tier 3 offenders are publicly searchable on the database.

4. Tier I crimes in Nevada

NRS 179D.113 defines Tier 1 offenders as having been convicted of any of the following offenses:

A Nevada attempt or Nevada conspiracy to commit any of the aforementioned crimes also qualifies as a Tier 1 offense. In addition, Tier 1 crimes include the following if they are sexually motivated:

Note that people convicted of similar crimes in another state or jurisdiction will be categorized as Tier 1 offenders if they ever travel or move to Nevada.7

5. Penalties for failing to register as a Tier I offender in Nevada

Tier I offenders will be charged with a Nevada felony for not registering as required:

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Nevada Sentence

First offense

Category D felony in Nevada

The court may grant probation instead of incarceration.

Second or subsequent offense (within 7 years of the first)

Category C felony in Nevada

  • 1 – 5 years in prison
  • up to $10,000 (at the court's discretion)

The court will not grant probation instead of incarceration.

The Nevada DMV also punishes drivers who fail to register by refusing to renew their driver's licenses.8

6. Getting off the Nevada Sex Offender Registry

Tier 1 offenders must meet four conditions in order to be eligible for removal from the Registry:

  1. the person has registered for at least 10 consecutive years;
  2. the person has not picked up any new convictions for a sex crime, felony, or any crime carrying potentially more than one year of incarceration;
  3. the person must have finished any periods of supervised release, probation or parole; and 
  4. the person must have finished a sex offender treatment program certified by the state of Nevada or the Attorney General of the United States.

In order to apply for early termination of registration requirements, Tier I offenders must first file a formal petition in court. Then the court will hold a hearing on the matter.9

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Legal References

  1. NRS 179D.113  “Tier I offender” defined.  “Tier I offender” means an offender convicted of a crime against a child or a sex offender other than a Tier II offender or Tier III offender.
  2. "Changes Made To Nevada's Sex Offender Registration System," ABC 13 KTNV (June 26th 2018); Nevada Assembly Bill 579 (2007).
  3. NRS 179D.490.
  4. NRS 179D.480.
  5. NRS 179D.460; NRS 179.470.
  6. NRS 483.283.
  7. NRS 179D.117.
  8. NRS 179D.550; NRS 483.283.
  9. NRS 179D.490.

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