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Las Vegas Hotel Pool Parties: A Playground for Tourists Doubles as a Hunting Ground for Undercover Vice and Narcotic Officers

Hotel pool parties are the essence of Las Vegas. They combine scantily clad clientele with large amounts of alcohol and an 'anything goes' atmosphere. The parties are outrageous and the activities at the parties, at times, flirt with the outer edges of the law. On occasion, they even cross the boundaries of the law – usually when prostitution or drug possession is involved. At those times, frequently undercover Vice and/or Narcotics detectives are close at hand to arrest the unsuspecting target.

Contrary to the belief of many tourists, prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas. And, in fact, Las Vegas prostitution laws are very broad. In Las Vegas, it is illegal to solicit, offer or agree to exchange sex for money. A conviction for prostitution carries a potential sentence of up to six (6) months in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine.

Nevada drug laws are also very harsh. Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance is a felony offense.[1] Possession of more than four (4) grams of most controlled substances is considered Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and is punishable by a mandatory prison sentence of up to six (6) years. Possession of more than twenty-eight grams (one ounce) of most controlled substances is punishable by Life in Prison.

If you or someone you know is charged with a criminal offense arising from a Hotel Pool Party, it is important that you contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. A Las Vegas Criminal Lawyer can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying appropriate defenses and providing you with the most effective defense possible.

[1] The exception to this rule is possession of less than 28 grams (an ounce) of marijuana.