penalties and consequences for the rest of their lives. The Nevada
Supreme Court In the Case State of Nevada vs Eighth Judicial District
Court 9 Logan D, the real party in interest, recently took up the
issue of requiring juvenile sex offenders to register as sex offenders
after some questioned if it was constitutional to impose certain
requirements on juveniles.
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the state law that requires
convicted juvenile sex offenders to register with law enforcement
officials is constitutional. The law also allows that information to
be shared with community groups for the public’s protection.
The state Supreme Court ruling overturned a previous court ruling in
2007 that ruled the law was unconstitutional because it did not impact
public safety and it did not help the rehabilitation of juvenile
offenders in Nevada.
The Supreme Court said that the court must follow the state law and
that they upheld the law because it is rational.
The Supreme Court ruling means that offenders who were 14 years old or
older at the time of the following crimes will be labeled as a sex
offender: sexual assault, lewdness with a child, battery with the
intent to commit sexual assault or conspiracy to commit these
Juveniles convicted of these sex crimes, who were 14 or older, will be
required to register as a sex offender in Nevada, with some juveniles
being required to register for 25 years to life, depending on the
While the majority wrote that the law protects the public and does not
conflict with the current juvenile justice system, the three justices
who ruled against the majority opinion said that the law is
unconstitutional because it says juveniles should be labeled as sex
offenders even if they committed the crime before the law was passed.
They also said that juveniles who have already completed treatment
will still be required to register as a sex offender even though they
are low risk offenders.
Right now, the Supreme Court ruling upholds the law that requires
juveniles convicted of sex crimes to register as sex offenders
possibly for the rest of their lives, even if the act was committed
DECADES prior to this law being enacted. If this doesn’t violate the
Ex post Facto Clause of the US constitution, I don’t know what does.
With such harsh consequences, juveniles who have been arrested for a
sex crime should contact a criminal defense attorney skilled in
juvenile matters ASAP to protect their rights and future. I predict
there will be a lot more contested hearings when a sex allegation is
included. – Mace
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Mace J. Yampolsky is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 625
South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101; He can be reached at: Phone
702-385-9777 or fax 702-385-300. His website is located at: