Every year in May, thousands descend on Las Vegas for several days, for the annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC). The EDC is a celebration of modern music and art. This year the event will be held May 17-19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While the carnival itself takes place at the speedway, other associated events occur at other Las Vegas venues beginning May 15 and concluding May 22.
This is party which attracts about 400,000 attendees who stay in local hotels, at the EDC Campground in provided shelters, or in their own motorhomes to enjoy the 3 days of events. While this is a time to let your hair down and enjoy yourself, you probably don’t want to ruin the fun by being arrested and spending time in a Las Vegas jail during your stay. The following is intended to assist you to know what is illegal at the event, to avoid being charged with a crime while attending EDC.
What kinds of Arrests are made at EDC?
EDC has a fairly strict set of restrictions of what cannot be brought into the campground or the event venue and if found on premises with items on the restricted list, you will at least be ejected from the festival. This list includes “illegal substances, drugs or drug paraphernalia, over-the-counter medications.” Also prohibited are “open packs of cigarettes (upon entry)”, and “E-cig liquid or E-juice of any kind.” Additionally, Las Vegas Metro PD makes several arrests at the festival, most of which are drug related. Also, however, there are usually a few DUI and other misdemeanor arrests made at the event each year.
In 2018, Metro made 90 felony arrests during the 3-day festival, all of which were narcotics related, which refers to anything from possession or use of controlled substances, such as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, up to heroin and opioids. These arrests could also include higher category felonies like possession with intent to sell or distribute a controlled substance. While possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is now legal in Nevada, it may not be used in public, and may subject you to an arrest if you are found openly using weed. Fighting is prohibited and you could be charged with a battery crime if caught fighting at the event. Last year 263 people were ejected from the event during the 3 days.
What happens after the arrest?
If arrested, you will be taken to the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) for booking and incarceration pending your arraignment and/or bail hearing, which will not take place on a weekend day. CCDC has a list provided by Las Vegas Justice Court of bail amounts associated with charges, and you may be able to bail out early, if you make bail. But you will be required to appear for all court hearings associated with your charges, or forfeit bail.
The Defenders can represent you if you are arrested at EDC
What should I do if I’m arrested at EDC? First, say nothing to police other than you wish to be represented by an attorney. Second, call The Defenders to obtain representation and to assist with making the bail arrangements. Ryan Helmick and the lawyers of The Defenders are fully qualified to provide you with an aggressive defense focused on preserving your rights, for any charges you encounter in Las Vegas. The Defenders can be reached day or night at (702) 333-3333.