Out of State / Tourist Arrests
Everyone has heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” However, if you have been arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, you do not want what happened in Vegas to keep you in Vegas. It is important that you have a dedicated and experienced attorney on your side to help eliminate the chances of you staying in custody in Vegas. Even minor offenses can keep you in custody for much longer than you would ever expect. Having an attorney on your side fighting for your freedom is critical to getting good results.
If and when you are released from custody, the phrase still doesn’t apply as the chances are the offense you are charged with will affect your life once you return home, and could possibly be on your criminal record for years to come. If you arrested in Las Vegas, the long term effects and implications could haunt you for years.
Las Vegas Out of State and Tourist Arrest Lawyer
The only way to try to keep your criminal charge from following you home is to hire an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who knows the laws and legal system of Las Vegas. The Law Office of Joel M. Mann will work with you to find the best possible outcome of your case, and attempt to reduce or eliminate your charges altogether.
Common Examples of Tourist Arrests
- Solicitation for Prostitution
- Drug Possession
- Marijuana Possession
- Unpaid Casino Markers
- Open or Gross Lewdness
Nevada Laws Most Tourists Do Not Know
According to NRS 484C.110, 484B.150, and 458.260, 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 beverage, but it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or with an open alcoholic beverage, or to be intoxicated in public.
Under NRS 201.354, prostitution is legal in rural areas of Nevada in licensed prostitution houses, but illegal in Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas. In fact, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, LVMPD, has many prostitution stings being conducted in hotels on a continual basis. Many clients have been arrested on the mere talk or implication of money for sex.
Open or Gross Lewdness as defined in NRS 201.210 is Nevada’s public indecency law. Although most states specify exposure of which body parts are publicly indecent, Nevada’s law does not, so a wide variety of acts in public can fall into this category and lead to an arrest in Las Vegas. This can include inappropriate touching of another’s genitalia. Many clients are arrested in night clubs for touching a stranger's buttocks while dancing without the other persons consent. The defense of being highly intoxicated at the time is not a legal defense to the charge of open and gross lewdness. It is important to know that this charge is considered a sex offense and demands that you register as a sex offender.
What You Should Know if You Arrested As a Tourist in Las Vegas
Dismissal - You can possibly have your charge dismissed or reduced, depending on the facts of the crime, if you have no other history of criminal charges or criminal record, and you have an experienced attorney who is able to get you a good result.
Court Appearances – Most of the time, if you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, you will not have to make costly return trips to Las Vegas. For example, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor while in Las Vegas, then your attorney can appear on your behalf. Your attorney can also usually make arrangements with the court so you will not have to make an appearance until your alleged offense is set for trial.
As your attorney, Joel Mann works tirelessly to avoid you having to come back to Las Vegas to deal with this embarrassing situation. He will make as many court appearances as he can without you having to fly back to Las Vegas. However, there are times you will be required to make the trip back to Las Vegas. Either way, having a criminal defense attorney like Joel Mann is critical to making sure this offense does not affect the rest of your life.
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Law Office of Joel M. Mann | Las Vegas Tourist Arrests Attorney
If you have been arrested as a tourist in Las Vegas, contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann to discuss the particular facts of your case, and your possible defenses. There are many options to reduce or eliminate your charges, and finding an aggressive attorney is your best option to avoid harsh penalties. Lawyer Joel Mann is an experienced criminal defense attorney, and will aggressively fight for your rights. Contact Joel Mann at (702) 474-6266 for a free consultation about your tourism arrest in Las Vegas.