Laws in Las Vegas

Old Jan 25, 17, 12:43 am
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Laws in Las Vegas

I like to hear a little more about Las Vegas laws in Las Vegas.
If police stop me, how i must behare?
If thief go into my house, can i kill him?
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Old Jan 25, 17, 1:15 am
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Uh...

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/searc...duser&u=769128

alrighty then. See you in another two years?
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Old Jan 25, 17, 1:16 am
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Can you give a little more context and background? I'm sure it will be a fascinating read.
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Old Jan 25, 17, 1:31 am
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Laws in Las Vegas? I have never heard of such thing. You mean lawns? Yes, some hotels have a pretty nice lawn, usually in the back.

Awkward thread opening.
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Old Jan 25, 17, 1:50 am
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I'm picturing a dead body in the front hallway and a quick check on FT whether this is ok...
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Good luck on your move to Las Vegas.
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Old Jan 25, 17, 4:44 am
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In before the murder
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Old Jan 25, 17, 5:10 am
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Oh sorry, my english is not perfect. I think of law.
I just like to hear a little more about how law is strict in this country.
I am not a killer my friends ..
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Old Jan 25, 17, 9:04 am
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You need to give specific information. As I guess it is same at your home country, some laws are enforced strictly and some laws are loosely enforced in the U.S.

As for stopped by police, if you were stopped by a police then you simply follow what the police say. You may have heard on the news about police officers in the U.S. especially against minorities. However, it is TV news, most of the time if you have done nothing wrong then there is nothing to worry about if you have stopped by police in the U.S.

As far as if you can kill a person if a thief got into your home. Such law is called Castle Doctrine or non-lawyer people like us may know more as “Make My Day Law.” And yes, Nevada (the state Las Vegas is located) has Castle Doctrine. However, each law is written differently and has to understand how Nevada Castle Doctrine is written to understand how this law works. It is not as simple as you can just kill a person.

I do find little interesting that you are asking such questions on a website like FlyerTalk. Also, out of all the places in the U.S. why are you interested in moving to Las Vegas?
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Old Jan 25, 17, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by RevJim View Post
In before the murder


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Old Jan 27, 17, 4:27 pm
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such a bizarre question..."can i kill him?"
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Old Feb 3, 17, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by stefs12 View Post
If thief go into my house, can i kill him?
I'm going to assume you're talking about the 'Castle Doctrine.'
The law can get a bit tricky on the Castle Doctrine (it varies by state) and I don't know enough about it in Nevada, but here's a lawyer's youtube video on the subject:

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Old Feb 4, 17, 9:36 am
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Even though Castle Doctrine is 100% legit, it doubt it's good to give such information to sbdy who starts a thread with "[...], can i kill him[...]". Especially here on a Forum as FT, which is focussed on other matters.
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Old Feb 8, 17, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by TrickMcDave View Post
Even though Castle Doctrine is 100% legit, it doubt it's good to give such information to sbdy who starts a thread with "[...], can i kill him[...]". Especially here on a Forum as FT, which is focussed on other matters.
He was asking a hypothetical question about a thief breaking into his house and he did correctly label the thread, 'Laws in Las Vegas.' He may have been told that Las Vegas has a high crime rate and wants to make sure he can protect his family.

It doesn't appear that English is his first language so I chose to cut him some slack on the phraseology of his question.

I'm not envisioning the original poster as someone intent on committing homicide; I take it you see this thread differently?
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Old Feb 8, 17, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by itsallgood View Post
He was asking a hypothetical question about a thief breaking into his house and he did correctly label the thread, 'Laws in Las Vegas.' He may have been told that Las Vegas has a high crime rate and wants to make sure he can protect his family.

It doesn't appear that English is his first language so I chose to cut him some slack on the phraseology of his question.

I'm not envisioning the original poster as someone intent on committing homicide; I take it you see this thread differently?
Ok, that makes more sense.

1) Las Vegas is not a high crime city. Rather, we are the victims of some sloppy reporting. A reporter calculated our crime rate based on the population and the crimes reported by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. That word is of critical importance as in reality most of Las Vegas isn't really Las Vegas, although only us locals know the difference. (The famous Las Vegas Strip is not in Las Vegas!) This resulted in way overstating our crime rate.

2) Given the vast number of tourists we have the actual per capita crime rate is even lower than correcting the error in #1 shows. Furthermore, a disproportionate amount of our crime is pickpocketing tourists and alcohol-fueled disorderly behavior.

For a big city we are actually unusually safe, not unusually dangerous.

With that out of the way, addressing the questions:

You treat the police here like you treat the police anywhere else in America. Note that the prevalence of guns in our society means the cops are more worried about being attacked at a traffic stop than is true in most countries. (It's not that anyone would attack a cop simply for giving them a traffic ticket. Rather, bad guys are often bad drivers also and thus sometimes get stopped.) Keep your hands in view and make no sudden movements. Especially, do nothing that looks threatening. If for some reason you must put your hands out of sight (for example, to reach for something the cop requested) tell the cop what you are doing and move slowly.

In some countries traffic stops are hidden shakedowns. While at the state level this is in a sense true even here (most traffic enforcement has a lot more to do with revenue than safety) it most certainly is not true at the individual level. Do not attempt to bribe an American cop! If you're lucky they'll recognize that's what you're used to back home and tell you not to do it. If you're unlucky you just turned a fine into substantial jail time.

An American traffic stop will almost certainly include a question about weapons. If you have anything that could reasonably be construed as a weapon you tell the cop when they ask! A cop discovering a weapon will be at best an unpleasant experience. Also, if the cop tells you to do something that will put your hands near said weapon tell them again at that time and ask them how they want to handle it. Note that this is independent of the legality of the weapon. As a local it would take me a couple of days of class, a background check and a proficiency test to get a permit to carry a gun. If I were stopped by a cop I would expect him to take the gun off me at the stop and then return it, unloaded, at the end of it. If I didn't tell him I think the outcome would be the loss of the gun and the permit and perhaps charges besides.

As for killing an intruder--you're treading on dangerous water there.

You are allowed to kill an intruder that is threatening you, but not merely a threat to your property. You aren't required to try to discern his motives but neither can you ignore the obvious--killing a fleeing intruder is generally considered murder. Also, not being charged doesn't mean you can't be sued.

P.S. I've lived in Las Vegas for more than a quarter century. In that time the only crime I have been a victim of is financial misconduct on the part of the owners of my former employer as it collapsed.

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