Using a False ID in Nevada
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney
It's a common misconception that
prostitution is legal in the state of Nevada. Prostitution is only legalized in licensed
brothels; however, that doesn't change the fact that the age old business
is busier than ever in Clark County. Law enforcement takes exhaustive
measures to crack down on prostitution by inserting undercover cops to
pose as "Johns" in order to reel in unsuspecting prostitutes
and their pimps. Although their methods sound foolproof, in a court of
law they are not. When it comes down to prosecution the burden of proof
is on the police. Often times, it's difficult to prove that a crime
was really being committed. In cases where the police are lacking sufficient
evidence to secure a conviction, they will slap the alleged prostitute
with another criminal charge if they can. If you are in legal trouble, a
Las Vegas criminal defense attorney can help you fight your criminal charges.
False IDs & Suspected Prostitution
The police may be convinced that a young girl is on a casino premises to
solicit prostitution; however, they may have difficulty proving it. Just
because she is dressed provocatively and with an older man doesn't
prove anything. She could easily be on a date with the older man, and
as long as she is above 18, there isn't much the police can do to
argue the situation. The police may still be convinced she is a prostitute;
however, due to the fact that they lack sufficient evidence to charge
with prostitution, they may attempt to find something else to charge her
with. Subsequently, a police officer asks to see her ID since she is on
a casino floor. When he discovers that she is using a false ID and is
in fact under 21, then she can be charged with the criminal offense of
using false identification.
Using a False ID: Crime & Punishment in Las Vegas
In the state of Nevada, it is against the law for a person to possess or
sell a false ID whether their purpose is to purchase alcohol, or to gamble
when they're underage, or to write checks or open a bank account,
or for any other fraudulent purpose. In Las Vegas, false IDs are frequently
used by underage prostitutes to gain access to casino gambling floors,
nightclubs and bars so they can conduct their business. How the offender
is prosecuted will depend upon the circumstances of the case.
If the person is using the false ID for the sole purpose of appearing old
enough to drink alcohol or gamble, or to purchase cigarettes, then it's
prosecuted as a misdemeanor offense carrying up to six months in jail
and/or up to $1,000 in fines. On the other hand, if the person possesses
a false ID for the purpose of establishing a false identification, then
it's categorized as a Class E felony, which is penalized by one to
four years in prison in the worst case scenario.
If you are being charged with possessing a false ID, then it would be in
your best interests to contact the Brown Law Offices right away. There
are specific defenses that may be able to work on your behalf and possibly
get your charges dismissed. Such defenses may include that you had no
intention of tricking anyone, or perhaps you never intended to use the
ID. Or, perhaps the police performed an illegal search by not establishing
probable cause ahead of time. If we can build a convincing argument, you
may be able to walk away from your charges and avoid a criminal conviction.
We urge you to contact us today to find out how we can help you!
If you were caught with a false ID, we want to help.
Contact a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer from the Brown Law Offices.