"Tier III" offenders in Nevada (NRS 179D.117)

Tier III is the most serious class of sex offenders in the Nevada Sex Offender Registry under NRS 179D.117. Tier III (a.k.a. "Tier 3") offenders are required to register for life, and they must personally check in with police once every 90 days.

Tier III status is assigned to defendants who have been convicted of violent Nevada sex crimes and the most serious crimes against children, such as the:

Failing to register as a sex offender in Nevada (NRS 179D.550) is a felony. But Tier 3 offenders may be able to get off the Nevada Sex Offender Registry early if they were compliant for 25 years and if their underlying crime was a juvenile delinquency.

In this article, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys explain Nevada laws for Tier III offenders under NRS 179D.117:

Also see our articles on Tier II offenders in Nevada (NRS 179D.115) and Tier I offenders in Nevada (NRS 179D.113).

Tier III offenders generally have to register for life in Nevada.

1. Definition of Tier III offender in Nevada under NRS 179D.117

Tier 3 is the most serious category of sex offender in Nevada. Defendants get classified as Tier 3 following convictions of violent sex crimes, non-parental kidnapping, and serious crimes against children.1

Under "Megan's Law" prior to 2018, Nevada defendants were categorized as Tier 3 for being "high risk" at re-offending. But now that Nevada has adopted the Adam Walsh Act in 2018, defendants are categorized as Tier 3 based just on the crimes they get convicted of.2

2. Registration requirements for Tier III offenders in Nevada

Tier 3 sex offenders in Nevada are required to register for life (with rare exceptions).3 And they have to personally check in with police every 90 days.4

Additionally, all convicted sex offenders must do the following:

  1. Register with local law enforcement within 48 hours of being released from custody;
  2. Notify local law enforcement within 48 hours of a change of name, residence, address, employment, or student status;
  3. Notify local law enforcement when they are staying in a location for longer than 30 days after initially reporting a visit of fewer than 30 days; and
  4. Submit an annual verification form (which includes a photograph and fingerprints)5

Note that all sex offenders are required to renew their driver's license once a year (unless they choose not to have a license).6

3. Public searches for Tier III offenders in Nevada

scales of justice and gavel (NRS 179D.117)
Tier III offenders are publicly searchable under NRS 179D.117.

Tier 3 offenders are publicly searchable on the Nevada Sex Offender Registry database. There are four ways the public may search the Registry:

  1. by first and/or last name;
  2. by zip code;
  3. by one, two, or three miles within a specific address; or
  4. by license plate number

The following information about Tier 3 offenders is public:

  • name and aliases;
  • date of birth;
  • gender;
  • residential address and other addresses (such as employer or school);
  • physical description (race, height, weight, hair color, eye color, scars, tattoos, other marks);
  • photographs;
  • Tier Level (only Tiers II and III are searchable in the registry); and
  • conviction information (date, description, court, name convicted under, city-township of conviction, location of penal institution and/or hospital, and statute violated)

4. Tier III crimes in Nevada under NRS 179D.117

NRS 179D.117 defines Tier 3 offenders as having been convicted of any of the following offenses: 

And according to the U.S. Department of Justice's review of Nevada sex offender law, Tier 3 offenses also include:

Note that people convicted of similar offenses in a different state or jurisdiction would still be classified as Tier 3 offenders should they travel or move to Nevada.7

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

Sex offenders who neglect to meet their registration requirements face an additional Nevada felony charge:

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Nevada Sentence

First offense

Category D felony in Nevada

The judge may allow probation in lieu of prison.

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 judge's discretion)

The judge may not allow probation in lieu of prison.

Also, the Nevada DMV will not renew driver's licenses for people who are not up-to-date on their registration requirements.8

6. Getting off the Nevada Sex Offender Registry

There are five conditions that Tier III offenders must meet in order to be eligible for removal from the Registry:

  1. the person has registered for at least 25 consecutive years;
  2. the underlying offense that put the person on the Registry was a juvenile delinquency;
  3. the person must not have since picked up a new conviction for a sex crime, felony, or any offense carrying potentially more than one year in prison;
  4. the person must have successfully completed any periods of supervised release, probation or parole; and 
  5. the person must have completed a sex offender treatment program certified by the state of Nevada or the Attorney General of the United States.

Early termination of sex registration requirements is never automatic. The person must petition for early termination, and then the court must hold a hearing.9

Learn more about Nevada juvenile delinquency laws.

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Legal References

  1. NRS 179D.117  “Tier III offender” defined.  “Tier III offender” means an offender convicted of a crime against a child or a sex offender who has been convicted of:

          1.  Murder of the first degree committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of sexual assault or of sexual abuse or sexual molestation of a child less than 14 years of age pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 200.030;

          2.  Sexual assault pursuant to NRS 200.366;

          3.  Battery with intent to commit sexual assault pursuant to subsection 4 of NRS 200.400;

          4.  Abuse of a child pursuant to NRS 200.508, if the abuse involved sexual abuse or sexual exploitation and if the victim of the offense was less than 13 years of age when the offense was committed;

          5.  Kidnapping pursuant to NRS 200.310 to 200.340, inclusive, if the victim of the offense was less than 18 years of age when the offense was committed, unless the offender is the parent or guardian of the victim;

          6.  Any sexual offense or crime against a child after the person becomes a Tier II offender;

          7.  Any other offense that is comparable to or more severe than the offenses described in 42 U.S.C. § 16911(4);

          8.  An attempt or conspiracy to commit an offense described in subsections 1 to 7, inclusive; or

          9.  An offense committed in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this State, would be an offense listed in this section. This subsection includes, without limitation, an offense prosecuted in:

          (a) A tribal court; or

          (b) A court of the United States or the Armed Forces of the United States.
  2. Phillip Moyer, "Names of most Nevada sex offenders to be posted Oct. 1", News 3 KVVU (June 25, 2018); Nevada Assembly Bill 579 (2007).

  3. NRS 179D.490.
  4. NRS 179D.480.
  5. NRS 179D.460; NRS 179D.470.
  6. NRS 483.283.
  7. NRS 179D.117.
  8. NRS 179D.550; NRS 483.283.
  9. NRS 179D.490.

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