Where Is Prostitution Legal in Nevada?

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

Hint: It’s Probably Not Where You Think

When you hear that prostitution is legal in Nevada, you may assume that means that it is in Las Vegas. Contrary to popular belief, prostitution is still forbidden in “Sin City.” However, there are other parts of the state where the “World’s Oldest Profession” is allowed. It remains the only state in the county where this is the case. But if you engage in the act outside of where it is legal, you could face criminal charges.

At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we represent individuals who have been charged with prostitution in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Our lawyers will help you understand the charges and fight to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case. If you have been arrested for prostitution or another sex crime in Las Vegas, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to schedule a free consultation. 

Where Is Prostitution Allowed in Nevada?

As reported by The Nevada Independent, there are ten counties in the state where prostitution is legal. State law requires that solicitation and prostitution only take place in a “licensed house of prostitution,” usually referred to as a brothel. 

Counties where prostitution is legal in Nevada:

  • Elko (in some incorporated communities)
  • Esmeralda 
  • Humboldt (in some incorporated communities)
  • Lander
  • Lyon (in some incorporated communities)
  • Mineral
  • Nye
  • Storey
  • White Pine (in some incorporated communities)

Prostitution is also legal in the County of Churchill, but there are no longer any licensed brothels in the area. In addition, it is prohibited in counties with a population of 700,000 or more.

Is Prostitution Legal in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is located in Clark County. Clark County has a population that exceeds 700,000 people. Therefore, prostitution is not allowed according to state law. It remains illegal to engage in solicitation or prostitution in Sin City. 

What Happens If I Am Charged with Prostitution in Las Vegas?

If you are charged with prostitution in Las Vegas, you could face severe penalties. For a first offense, you may be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of $400 or more. You could be charged with a gross misdemeanor for a second offense and face a fine of at least $800. 

If you solicit a child for prostitution, you could be charged with a felony, even if it is a first offense. The fine alone could cost you up to $5,000. Needless to say, if you are facing allegations of prostitution or solicitation, you need to speak to an attorney immediately. 

Arrested for Prostitution in Nevada? Contact Our Office.

Were you arrested for prostitution in Nevada? You need to act quickly to protect your rights. Contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Attorney Ogata has handled thousands of criminal cases. He will help you fight the charges and work towards getting you a favorable disposition on your case. 

Get the legal representation you deserve from an attorney with a proven track record. Call now to get started. 

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