Know Your Rights During an Arrest at the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival

The 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) will be taking place over the weekend, from June 8th to the 10th. This will be the second year the electronic dance music festival has been held in Las Vegas and it will once again use the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the primary location. In 2011, the event drew roughly 240,000 people. This year, the event is expected to attract about 350,000 music lovers.

Along with increased attendance comes heightened scrutiny by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol. They will most certainly be on the lookout for illegal behavior that can take place at large scale festivals such as the EDC. This commonly includes offenses such as:

  • Driving Under the Influence, DUI (NRS 484.379)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, DUI, Drugged Driving (NRS 484C.110)
  • Marijuana Possession (NRS 453.336)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (NRS 453.566)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (NRS 453.336)
  • Drug Possession for the Purpose of Sale (NRS 453.337-8)
  • Assault (NRS 200.471)
  • Battery (NRS 200.481)
  • Sexual Assault (NRS 200.366)
  • Indecent Exposure (NRS 201.220)
  • And other Nevada misdemeanor or felony offenses

Unless you are under arrest, you are not required to consent to a search of your person unless the officer has a search warrant or reasonable suspicion that you are carrying a weapon. Acknowledging this, if the officer asks you to empty your pockets or bags, you have the right to say no unless he or she has probable cause to believe you possess weapons. However, if you are entering a venue and they ask to search your person and you decline they can refuse your entry into the venue. Be aware that you have the right to not be search without a warrant, but there may be consequences for exercising that right.

Keep the following points in mind if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being arrested at the 2012 Electronic Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this weekend:

  • Do not ignore the officer’s request for you to stop, whether you are driving or standing.
  • You may ask if you are under arrest or not. If you are not under arrest, calmly ask the officer if you may leave.
  • Treat the officer with respect and do not antagonize or argue with him or her, even if you think the arrest is unfair.
  • Even if you want to explain to the officer the situation and your innocence, it is in your best interest to remain silent after providing your name and address. In the confusion, you may accidently misspeak, omit details, or otherwise endanger your case accidentally.  So it is better that you just remain silent.
  • You do have a right to speak with your attorney before questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, ask the officer for a court appointed attorney. If you are under the age of 18, you also have the right to have a parent or guardian present during police questioning.
  • Do not answer the officer’s questions until you speak with your attorney, even if you are promised leniency. The officer does not have the authority to make any special deals.

Of course, it is possible for a law enforcement officer to infringe upon your rights during an arrest or even make an erroneous judgment. However, the arrest is not the time to protest your rights. Instead, remain calm and document as many details as possible, from the law enforcement officers involved to any witnesses present. Your Las Vegas criminal lawyer can help you understand your legal options and use every detail surrounding your situation to build a strong case in your defense.

Remember to stay safe at the Las Vegas Electronic Daisy Carnival this weekend and know your rights.

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