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It's Illegal in Clark County to Conduct Business in Public Right-of-Way

Posted by Neil Shouse | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many Nevadans still don't know that Clark County has an ordinance prohibiting conducting business in a public right-of-way. Fifteen Clark County business license agents patrol the Strip sidewalks in search of offenders.

The typical peddler sells water bottles for a dollar to thirty tourists, but some vendors sell various other items such as alcohol and sunglasses. Peddlers caught violating this ordinance aren't arrested but are given a citation for a misdemeanor in Nevada. Many peddlers work in cahoots to sidestep law enforcement, acting as “lookouts” and calling each other when they see an agent nearby. (For information on where legal fireworks may be sold in Clark County, see our article about where legal fireworks may be sold in Clark County.)

A misdemeanor in Nevada is the least serious class of crime. It carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or $1,000 in fines. However first-time offenders are rarely incarcerated and usually just have to pay a few hundred dollars in fines.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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