As one of the world’s premier travel destinations, Las Vegas sees millions of tourists flying in and out of the city. Located just minutes from the Vegas Strip and only a few minutes from downtown, McCarran International Airport (airport code LAS) now sees more than 40 million passengers every year.
Keeping in mind the nickname of “Sin City” and the famous advertising campaign "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” visitors may forget that security at the airport is still strictly enforced. Tourists who are accused of breaking the law at McCarran face criminal charges in Clark County that can turn otherwise memorable vacations into completely different kinds of unforgettable experiences.
Were you arrested at the airport in Las Vegas while visiting from another state or country? Do not assume that these criminal charges just stay in Nevada. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can help resolve your case without you being forced to make multiple return visits.
Clark County McCarran International Airport Arrest attorney Jeffrey Jaeger defends tourists from all over the nation as well as many international visitors. He can review your case and help you understand your legal options during a free, confidential consultation as soon as you call The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger right now.
Most travelers are aware of the presence of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at all major American airports, including McCarran. This United States Department of Homeland Security agency’s workers include hundreds of employees at the Las Vegas airport.
TSA employees screen the checked bags and carry-on items of all airport passengers. When they encounter items that violate the law, TSA personnel do not have the legal authority to actually place any alleged offenders under arrest.
Rather, TSA employees can only notify law enforcement. In most cases, this will be the Airport Bureau of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
In addition to answering these calls for law enforcement needs at McCarran, the LVMPD can also act independently to arrest passengers and other airport visitors for other violations of the law at the airport. This means that people can be arrested at McCarran for much more than just questionable items in their luggage.
A visitor to Las Vegas can be arrested for the same criminal offenses as residents. Some of the most common crimes people are charged with at the airport include, but are not limited to:
Of the offenses that are listed above, illegal drugs and weapons are two of the most frequent. In many cases, these violations may be attributable to visitor unfamiliarity with local laws.
While Nevada allows for certain authorized residents to carry medical marijuana, possession by unlicensed individuals or possession of amounts that exceed legal limits can lead to a tourist being arrested. Some of the other types of illegal drug charges people face at the airport may include:
Concealed weapons also account for a number of arrests at the airport. Under Nevada Revised Statute § 202.350, a person is prohibited from carrying any of the following:
If a person has been arrested in Nevada, he or she cannot assume that the criminal charge will simply be forgotten once he or she returns to his or her home state or country. The truth is that failure to resolve these arrests can frequently make bad situations much worse.
The first problem will be a failure to appear in court to address the charges. This will often lead to a bench warrant being issued for the alleged offender’s arrest. Such a warrant will appear on the person’s criminal record, regardless of the state he or she lives in.
This can cause additional travel complications for many other tourists as well. International visitors can be ineligible to leave the United States or re-enter their home countries because of pending criminal charges. Legal residents of the United State could find themselves unable to visit any foreign countries later on if they have criminal convictions.
A local Las Vegas lawyer may be able to appear in court on your behalf and achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. Depending on whether you were charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, an attorney could possibly argue for you to be ordered to complete a pretrial diversion program such as a drug court in your home town or may even be able to get the criminal charges dismissed.
If you were recently charged with any kind of a criminal offense at the airport in Las Vegas, you should strongly consider hiring legal representation who can represent you in court in Nevada and help you avoid having to make several return trips to resolve your case. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger defends tourists who were arrested for all kinds of alleged crimes at McCarran.
Jeffrey Jaeger has a legal background that includes roles with the American Bar Association and the Clark County Public Defender's Office as well as co-authoring a comprehensive Nevada evidence guide that is used by judges and litigators throughout the Silver State. He can review your case when you call (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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