Senate considers change to habitual criminal laws

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Updated: 5/01/2013 5:36 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The prosecution and the defense have agreed to change when criminals must be notified of all possible penalties for their crimes. Now, it's up to Nevada lawmakers to do the same.

The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed AB97 Wednesday which aims to change when the prosecution must tell the defense if they will pursue a habitual offender charge in addition to the defendant's other criminal charges.

Individuals are subject to habitual criminal charges — which add prison time — if they have two or more prior felonies. Currently the prosecution can decide at any point before or after the trial to add those charges.

This bill requires that decision to be made at least two days before trial, unless "good cause" for extending the deadline is approved by the judge.


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