A common misconception among tourists is that prostitution is legal throughout the state of Nevada. That’s not the case, as Nevada law prohibits prostitution in counties of more than 700,000 residents, and local municipalities can place further restrictions on brothels as well. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, is restricted by state law from allowing brothels to operate.
Since prostitution is heavily regulated, individuals could find themselves facing charges if they are acting outside the law by exchanging sexual favors for money or another item of value. Soliciting a prostitute, sex trafficking, pandering or living from the earnings of a prostitute are all offenses spelled out in Chapter 201 of the Nevada Revised Statute as well.
Most prostitution-related crimes are punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Some valid defenses could be duress, involuntary intoxication, or an inability to mentally form the requisite intent needed to commit such a crime.
Arrests are sometimes made when officers commit entrapment, or act on information given by unreliable informants. A defense attorney such as Cal Potter will look at how the evidence was obtained in order to ensure police obtained it lawfully. For a consultation, call our office at (702) 997-1774