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Is an inaccurate arrest always illegal?

You get arrested by the police while in Las Vegas, on suspicion of drug charges. You know that you did nothing wrong the entire time. The police eventually come to the same conclusion and release you, saying that their information was inaccurate.

While they clearly made the wrong arrest, is this actually illegal? It may be, but it may not. It all depends on the specifics of the case. You do have a Fourth Amendment right protecting you from an unreasonable seizure. Whether the arrest was unreasonable or not depends on how it happened.

Why do pedestrian deaths keep going up?

Walking near traffic just keeps getting more and more dangerous. In recent years, pedestrian deaths hit an historic low and then started climbing again.

This goes against many accident trends. If you look back over the decades, fatalities tend to drop and continue dropping. When pedestrian deaths dipped under 4,000 back in 2009, people knew it was a low since the stat started getting kept, but they did not know that it was about to reverse course. It could have gotten even lower in 2010.

Top 10 recreational drugs by usage

While it is true that recreational drug use varies a bit by region, looking at the overall statistics in the United States can be telling. They illustrate what drugs people turn to most often, showing modern trends and helping to shed light on arrest statistics.

Perhaps you have been wondering about drug usage as you plan a trip to Las Vegas. Maybe you know this is a city full of tourists and built around nightlife, and you know that means drug use happens every day. You feel curious about what drugs people choose and what to expect. To help, the following are the top 10 most-used drugs -- both legal and illegal -- in the United States.

The police have limits regarding home searches

The police officer at your door may sound very confident that he or she can do anything at all regarding a home search, but that's not always the case. You have certain protections that limit what the police can actually do within your home. This counts for a house or an apartment.

It is very important to understand some of these limitations. A few key examples include:

5 exceptions to cellphone laws in Nevada

You've never been to Nevada, but it does not take long for you to get pulled over in your rental car after leaving the airport. The officer comes up and tells you that you were talking on your cellphone, and that's illegal here. He mentions that texting and driving is also illegal, and you can only use your phone if you have a hands-free system.

What if you are drunk when you slip and fall?

You spend the weekend in Las Vegas, and most of your time is spent with a drink in your hand. That's why you're here. You came to hit up the casinos, bars and world-famous restaurants. You're here to have a good time and put aside the normal pressures of work and daily life. It's a vacation. Who doesn't drink on vacation?

Unfortunately, you slip and fall while you're in the hotel. You're badly injured and wind up in the hospital. You want to sue for compensation, but you can't deny being drunk at the time of the fall. Are you still able to sue, or is it your own fault for being under the influence?

Pedestrian deaths have skyrocketed in the last decade

A night out on the town almost turns deadly when a car blows through a stop sign in Las Vegas, nearly hitting you in the crosswalk. You watch the car swerve away, wondering if that driver was drunk behind the wheel.

Or, perhaps a member of your group does get hit, this time by a cab pulling rapidly away from the curb. The distracted cab driver, talking on his cellphone to book another ride, doesn't even see you as you cross the street. You dive out of the way, but your spouse gets clipped and winds up in the hospital.

When is a casino liable for a guest's injuries?

When alcohol and gambling are mixed together at a Las Vegas casino, a lot can go wrong. Injuries are more common than you might believe on casino property and these injuries are not always the fault of the victim.

When someone gets hurt, due to no fault of his or her own at a Las Vegas casino, it's important to determine whether the casino could be liable for the injuries. If sufficient cause exists, the victim could pursue claims to receive financial compensation.

You may have grounds to challenge breathalyzer results

After drivers fail breathalyzer tests, they may think their defense options are, legally speaking, toast. In reality, an experienced, creative attorney may see many ways to challenge the charges, depending on the nature of the arrest and the conduct of the officer.

Breathalyzer results are far from bulletproof, but many individuals who receive DUI's based on those results never take the time to build a strong defense to protect themselves. This assumption that they have no way to fight the charges may not only cost them dearly in fines and court costs, they may lose the right to drive and face increased insurance costs that can severely impact many areas of their life.

Casino floors present plenty of risk for slip-and-fall accidents

Hitting the casino can be a lot of fun, whether you live in Las Vegas or you've just come for a vacation or business trip. The potential to win money, as well as those free drinks flowing can make for an enjoyable diversion from daily life. However, the same factors that make casinos a lot of fun for the public can also put visitors at risk for a sudden and potentially serious accident, like a slip-and-fall incident.

When people think of the risks associated with Vegas, they probably think of drinking too much or gambling until they don't have cab fare back to their hotel or the airport. The casinos themselves can pose a serious risk. Sometimes overly crowded, these sprawling facilities can be difficult to continually maintain. It only takes a single missed spill to create a perfect scenario resulting in both premises liability and personal injury.

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