Las Vegas is known nationwide as a place to relax and let loose. But far from the Wild West, Las Vegas has its own set of peculiar laws that can get the uninitiated into trouble. Before you fly out to enjoy a night (or a few) in our fair city, read up on Las Vegas laws—from the offbeat to the downright weird.
In Vegas, the police won’t respond to an accident unless there’s an injury or a major roadblock. If you’re looking to get an on-scene police report for your fender bender, think again. When it comes to minor car accidents, you’re on your own. Take lots of pictures and get the names and numbers of eyewitnesses who can corroborate your story. If you’re driving a rental car, contact the agency immediately—it will send someone out to write its own report.
Contrary to what you may have seen in movies and television, it’s not technically illegal for someone to count cards. It’s also legal for casinos to pick and choose who they want to serve, just like any other business. Unless you’re an expert at counting cards, most casino managers will allow you to play. But if they see you winning too much money, they may ask you to leave or move to another game. They can’t take away what you’ve already won, but they don’t have to keep you, either.
I Can’t Bring What?
Vegas proudly stands by its reputation as the “Sin City” and even revels in its tawdriness. Despite all you can do (e.g., gamble and drink in the street), there are some weird things you can’t have in Vegas. Here are some highlights:
The Fremont Street Experience is legendary for its quirky street performers. However, city officials got sick of hula hoopers gumming up pedestrian traffic, so they banned them. If you want to break out your favorite childhood habit, you’ll have to do it elsewhere.
Sheriff Bill Young argued that hip-hop concerts brought more violence to Las Vegas than any other acts and implored casinos to stop hosting them. He warned that they would be solely responsible for any hip-hop concert-related damage. Casinos put up a fight, but they started cancelling hip-hop artist bookings. Yet no one’s trying to put a stop to alcohol use, which is likely a larger catalyst for fights.
If you’re planning on bringing a certain blonde socialite to a Wynn Hotel, think again. The celebrity was banned from all Wynn hotels following an arrest for cocaine possession, so seek alternative accommodations.
Don’t Feed the Pigeons (or Homeless)
Vegas bans feeding these city-dwelling birds, with the proposal actually referring to them as “flying rats.” Those who are caught handing their leftovers to the pigeons will be let off with a warning, but repeatedly ignoring the ordinance can result in six months of imprisonment.
The city also tried to ban feeding the homeless, but this also included charities setting up mobile kitchens. A judge, rightfully, ruled the ban unconstitutional.
Vegas is a 24/7 party zone—unless you live off the Strip. Those who live in Vegas year-round got understandably sick of bachelor and bachelorette parties renting out their neighbor’s houses to party all weekend, keeping everyone else awake. It’s only legal to rent a house in Vegas for a month or more. Those who are found renting their homes to party-dwellers can be fined.
Are You in Trouble in Vegas?
If you came to Vegas to let loose and got a little out of control, you’re not alone. If you need an understanding Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who’s experienced with Las Vegas laws, contact us today.