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Drug Arrests at EDC 2016

Electric Daisy CarnivalElectric Daisy Carnival (EDC), one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in the world, starts this Friday, June 17, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since its inception in 1996, EDC has become world-renowned for its marquee acts, emerging artists, circus-style performers, and Las Vegas-style party atmosphere.

The three-day music festival has also become synonymous with recreational use of party drugs like cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD (Acid), and methamphetamines. While the organizers of Electric Daisy Carnival have publicized the festival has a zero-tolerance for illegal drugs, possession and use of controlled substances remains a common practice.

Drug-Related Deaths at EDC

According to an investigative report from the LA Times, 19 drug-related deaths have occurred during the EDC festivities from 1996 to 2015. Last year, a 24-year old UC Irvine graduate died of an MDMA overdose.

In 2014, another 24-year old EDC attendee also died from ecstasy intoxication or an MDMA overdose in the parking lot outside of the festival. That same year a 25-year old male died of ecstasy and cocaine intoxication in his hotel room.

In 2012, a 22-year old female under the influence of ecstasy, methamphetamines, and gamma –hydroxybutryic suffered paranoid delusions and fell from a 20-story hotel building to her death.

Drug Arrests at EDC

Due to the frequency of drug-related deaths at EDC, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) is stationed outside and inside the festival. According to the Electric Daisy Carnival website, all attendees are subject to a TSA-style search or a search similar to search performed at the airport. The search will require all attendees to empty pockets and bags, have all items examined, a full pat-down, and possibly require removal of shoes.

In the past many festival goers have still attempt to smuggle illicit drugs into the festival. In 2014 LVMPD made 73 felony narcotics arrest during the three-day festival. Law enforcement also seized smaller amounts of controlled substances and issued citations.

Considering EDC celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the festival is expected to be bigger than ever. Last year more than 400,000 people attended Electric Daisy Carnival (approximately 134,000 each day). Las Vegas law enforcement expects more people and more drugs and will be on high alert as a result.

Las Vegas Drug Charges

Commonly, an individual will be charged with the following drug offenses in Las Vegas, Nevada:

The specific charge an individual may sustain after being caught with drugs depends on several factors, including the type of drug, the amount or weight of the drug, and prior drug offenses.

Ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, GHB, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Cocaine are popular in the party and rave scene in Las Vegas. Although many people view these drugs as recreational and not as serious as other controlled substances, the criminal penalties are severe.

MDMA, LSD, and Meth are considered Schedule I drugs under Nevada law. Schedule I drugs are considered highly addictive and have no accepted medical use.  Cocaine is considered a Schedule II drug. Schedule II drugs have an accepted medical use, but a high tendency of abuse.

A first offense possession of a Schedule I or II drug is considered a category E felony. Category E felonies are punishable by one to four years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.

Marijuana is also considered a Schedule I drug; however, the criminal penalties differ. First-offense possession of marijuana (1 ounce or less) is considered a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of no more than $600.

Conclusion

A conviction for a drug offense can have serious personal and professional consequences, including jail, fines, employment restrictions, and housing restrictions. It is important to consult an experienced drug defense attorney immediately following an arrest.

Joel Mann of The Law Office of Joel Mann, Chtd. is an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. Immediately following your arrest he will use his skills and experience to obtain the best possible bail arrangement and begin building a strong defense on your behalf.

The Law Office of Joel Mann, Chtd. diligently defends clients throughout Clark County, including Las Vegas,  Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and surrounding areas. Contact Joel Mann at (702) 474-MANN (6266) for a confidential review of your case.

References:

  1. Las Vegas Sun, 22 Arrested at EDC, 10 Taken to the Hospital http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/jun/20/22-arrested-edc-friday-10-taken-to-hospital-/
  2. Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Man, 24, dies at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-edc-death-rave-20150624-story.html
  3. Los Angeles Times, UC Irvine Grad Fatally Overdose d on Ecstasy at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ecstasy-overdose-death-edc-nick-tom-20150724-story.html
  4. Electric Daisy Carnival Website, http://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com/info/

 

EDC Vegas 2014 Revelers Should Be Aware of Rights On and Off Festival Grounds

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas 2014

The Electric Daisy Carnival, one of the most well-attended electronic music festivals in the world, will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this month from June 20 to June 22. The festival has a reputation as a free-wheeling event where narcotics are permitted. This is not the case.

The festival posts security guards at the doors who search people entering, and attendees should be very careful what they say to these guards. The security guards are not required to advise festival goers of their rights, and will turn people over to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Once turned over a person may face charges for drug possession, possession with intent to sell or any other relevant charge. In addition to Electric Daisy Carnival security, undercover police officers are inside the festival and are looking to arrest people, as well.

However, many people who are arrested in Las Vegas during EDC weekend are not apprehended on the grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They, instead, may be stopped on the road to and from the festival, or at one of the many parties that occur at hotels and around the area.

There are about 15 miles between the EDC grounds and the Vegas Strip, where many attendees stay. Many will drive to and from the festival. Along the way, on both North Las Vegas Boulevard and the Las Vegas Freeway (I-15), the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol are likely to be posted and on the lookout for intoxicated drivers.

To pull a person over, police must have reasonable suspicion that the driver is intoxicated or committing a crime. Speeding, driving slowly, weaving between lanes or driving recklessly may give officers cause to stop a person. Once stopped, the officer must develop probable cause in order to arrest you on the charge of DUI or any other crime. Typically an officer will ask a driver to perform standardized field sobriety tests or SFST to determine if the officer can establish probable cause for more specific testing. If the officer believes you have failed the SFSTs or has other probable cause, he will then take you to have a blood or breath tests administered to gather evidence of your intoxication. The officer will ask that you consent to a blood or breath test, he will try and scare and threaten you. It is important that you do not consent to a blood or breath test. You instruct the officer, nicely, but clearly, that you require that the officer get a warrant for any test. Do not sign any sort of consent document.

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance, including prescription drugs. These tests are designed to determine whether any such substances are in the system of the driver. If you are asked to take a test, it is your right to refuse. In Nevada, currently, there are no consequences for your refusal. By requiring the Officer to get a warrant you avoid handing over critical evidence to prosecutors. Your Las Vegas DUI defense lawyer can seek to have charges dismissed and assist you with any DMV issues that may arise.

If police pull a person over on suspicion of DUI and finds illegal drugs or illegal weapons in the car, the driver may face charges for that.

Additionally, there are many parties that happen in and around Las Vegas during the Electric Daisy Carnival and in the week leading up to it – the week has been dubbed “EDC Week” due to its popularity. There are parties at nightclubs, hotels and at pools. Like at the festival, security guards are often on hand to pat down and check bags for these parties. If they find illegal substances, they will likely detain the person and turn them over to Las Vegas police.  Possessing even a little bit of any drug, other than marijuana, is a felony.  If you possess a larger quantity of drugs you could be looking at a felony that would be mandatory prison or even a life sentence.

Security guards and, sometimes, undercover officers may also be inside the party. They may detain or arrest people for indecent exposure, lewd conduct, drug use or any other charge.  A significant portion of arrests occur with people taking drugs in the bathroom of the clubs or pools.  So be aware of anyone watching or listening to what you do.

There are many opportunities for revelers during EDC Week and the Electric Daisy Carnival to find themselves in legal trouble. They should always be aware of their rights — most importantly, their right to a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer who will represent and advise them.

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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