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Public Breastfeeding is Legal in Las Vegas

Young mother breastfeeding a baby in naturePublic Breastfeeding Is Legal in Nevada

The ongoing discourse on public breastfeeding is filled with vitriol, but Nevada law is clear. According to NRS 201.232, Nevada mothers are permitted to breastfeed in public, but they must take care to avoid allegations of indecent exposure.

If someone sees a mother breastfeeding her child and takes offense, they may feel obliged to alert authorities. However, the complaint is likely to get little attention unless it can be proved that the mother exposed her breast for an unnecessarily long time. Frequently, indecent exposure charges related to a woman breastfeeding her child are merely the result of a misunderstanding. Nonetheless, it can prove valuable to retain a criminal defense attorney to help explain the situation and resolve it quickly.

The Nevada legislature took a stance on public breastfeeding in 1995 when it passed Senate Bill 317. This bill acknowledged the mother’s right to breastfeed her child wherever she had a right to be. Despite the clarity of this law, misunderstandings still happen. A woman who is charged with indecent exposure may be sentenced to spend almost a year in jail and have to pay fines of up to $2,000. The consequences are even more serious for a subsequent offense.

Breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t have to face indecent exposure charges on their own. The criminal defense attorneys at the Potter Law Offices stand ready to uphold the rights of Nevada mothers.