People from other states and other parts of the world come to Las Vegas with generally no other thought in mind than to relax, to party, to gamble and to have some adult fun. They have been assured by the Vegas tourism folks that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” As a result, many of them tend to let go way too much of their inhibitions. Thus, they end up being in trouble with the Nevada law. They return home with a criminal charge hanging over their heads. Here in this instance, what happened in Vegas, won’t always stay in Vegas.
Common Cases of Tourist Arrests
- Drug Possession, Marijuana Possession
- Unpaid Casino Markers
- Writing Bad Checks
- Open or Gross Lewdness
Nevada Laws Most Tourists Do Not Know
- It is legal to walk around designated areas of Las Vegas with an open alcoholic beverage and ride in a public vehicle operating for compensation with an open alcoholic beverage, but it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or even with an open alcoholic beverage , or to be intoxicated in public.
- Prostitution is legal in rural areas of Nevada in licensed prostitution houses, but not in Clark County which includes Las Vegas.
- Open or Gross Lewdness as defined under 201.344 (Nevada’s public indecency law) is vague as to which body parts cannot be inappropriately exposed or touched in public. Arrests have known to be made for the mere touching of a stranger’s buttocks without that person’s consent in dance floors of night clubs.
What You Should Know If You Have Been Arrested as a Tourist in Las Vegas
About Dismissal: If you have no criminal record or no prior arrest and depending on the facts of the case, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can have the charge against you dismissed or reduced.
About Court Appearances: Generally, if you hire a skillful lawyer, you may not have to make the costly return trips to Las Vegas for the court proceedings. The attorney can appear on your behalf in all misdemeanor and in most of felony court hearings.
Las Vegas Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested as a tourist or out-of-state visitor while in Las Vegas, contact Goodman Law Group for legal advice. Call us now at (702) 383-5088. We can help you get your charges dismissed or greatly reduced. We will also be making as many court appearances as possible on your behalf so you would not have to make the costly, disruptive back and forth trips to Las Vegas.