How can I be arrested for trespass in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Mar 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Nevada crime of trespass applies to much more than jumping fences with "no trespassing" signs. Under NRS 207.200, trespass comprises either:

  • Going onto another's property in order to annoy the owner or occupant or to commit a criminal offense there, or
  • Deliberately going on or staying on another's property after having been told by the owner or occupant not to trespass.

In Nevada, trespass situations typically occur in casinos. Security guards who order rowdy patrons to leave may call the police if they refuse to leave or if they come back on the premises. Oftentimes, people receive citations for trespass in lieu of being arrested and booked. These citations will have the date and time the person is summoned to appear at court to answer the charges.

Trespass is only a misdemeanor that potentially carries jail time but typically involves only a fine. However, it looks bad on the person's criminal record. And some people who get "trespassed" (banned) from casinos may be prohibited from the premises for life. Read more information on Nevada trespass laws.

(Note that Nevada law permits property owners to inflict deadly force on trespassers who pose an imminent threat. Read our articles about Trespass at Nevada casinos, Card-counters being threatened with trespass at Las Vegas casinos, and Banning at Las Vegas casinos.

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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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