Under Nevada state law, prostitution is legal when conducted in licensed brothels. These establishments are required to comply with strict regulations to retain their license, and sex workers are required to undergo regular STD and HIV testing.
However, prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas, and it is not uncommon for a visitor to be arrested on charges of soliciting for prostitution. A person who is loitering in a casino or other public place may also be arrested for prostitution in Nevada. The nature of these offenses can mean possible jail time, not to mention cause embarrassment to the defendant. It’s important to consult an experienced Las Vegas prostitution attorney in these instances, so that thecharges will be dealt with appropriately and as discreetly as possible.
Nevada Prostitution Laws and Penalties
The crime of solicitation of prostitution in Nevada means that a person offers or agrees to engage in sexual activity for money, drugs, or some other reward. The offer does not necessarily have to be verbal; it’s possible to be charged with this type of crime if an agreement was made through an ad, on the phone, or online.
Loitering is a misdemeanor in which a person is found in a public place and is interrupting foot traffic or approaching vehicles on the street to solicit prostitution. The prosecution will make note of whether the person was dressed provocatively, what was said to passersby, and whether the location is one which is commonly frequented by prostitutes.
Both prostitution and solicitation are treated as misdemeanors in Nevada. The possible penalties for both offenses are as follows:
- A fine of up to $1,000; and/or
- A jail sentence of up to six months
Get Help from a Nevada Prostitution Defense Attorney
A person who has been charged with solicitation needs to seek legal assistance from an experienced Las Vegas prostitution attorney. The Law Office of Benjamin Nadig is staffed by skilled professional who have aggressively represented a number of clients accused of prostitution-related offenses. They are available on a 24/7 basis and will determinedly defend you against any allegations you may be facing.
As a former prosecutor with years of trial experience, Benjamin Nadig has the expertise to analyze and attack the foundation of the prosecution’s case and attempt to have the charges dismissed or reduced. Simply pleading guilty and accepting the sentence handed down means having a permanent criminal record. Contact the Law Firm of Benjamin Nadig Chtd. to get advice from a Nevada prostitution lawyer who can review the facts of the case and offer viable options for dealing with solicitation and prostitution charges.