I'm really new to this, so apologies if this has been posted already.
I'll explain what happened and try not to leave anything out so you have the full picture.
Around 2 weeks ago my Husband and I went to Las Vegas for a week. We had a great time until the last day, Sunday, we we're flying home on the Monday night. Basically, we went to a bar and got very drunk on the Sunday afternoon. We had tickets for a show on the Sunday night in the Venitian hotel and when we got there, we got into an argument.
We were quite loud and I lost my temper with him and pushed him a few times to get him out of my way. Well a guest complained to the hotel security (understandable I suppose, we were pretty loud), and they came and asked us to escort them to the back room to calm down. We we're both calm by this time anyway, but went with them anyway.
They took us into seperate rooms and asked us what had happened. My Husband had a small scram on his neck which I'm assumimg was from me when I pushed him (I have very long nails), and the security guards were trying to get him to allow him to take pictures of this. He refused and said that it was just an argument, and I'd only pushed him because he'd said something to provoke a reaction from me. He said he wouldn't press charges, and they told him that he didn't have to press charges, as the state of Nevada would do this.
Well anyway, they called the local police who came and again asked what happened, and so we both went through through it all again with them. By this time the small scram on my Husbands neck was gone, so obviously wasn't that bad in the first place. They kept us in the back room of the Venitian for 4 hours, and then the police officer came in to me and said that they had no choice but to arrest me!
Please bare in mind I have NEVER been in any sort of trouble in my life! Never even had detention in school, so to me this was absolutely terrifying!
The police officer said this was nothing to worry about and it wasn't like a normal jail, just like a hospital waiting room where I'd spend 12 hours watching TV, there'd only be women there, and then they'd let me out and all would be forgotten, because I don't have a previous record. Well that was stretching the truth more than just a little!
The place was full of drug dealers, prostitutes, drink drivers, people covered in blood from where they'd been fighting, and god only knows what else! There were mainly men there who were sat probably 2 foot in front of me just staring at me and asking if I'd like to do all mannor of unpleasant things with them! I was also handcuffed and chained around my waist so I was unable to even lift my hand to scratch my head! I sat like this for approximately 7 hours.
When they finally called my name to 'book me in' I was then strip searched and moved to another waiting area where there were phones to use to call people. I couldn't use the phones as they didn't allow international calls, and I didn't have the number for the hotel we were staying at. Well eventually, the only decent person in the whole god awful place called my name, and tried to reassure me and phoned my husband for me. However, he then told me that they weren't going to let me out after the 12 hours because I wasn't a US citizen! He told me I had to pay $3000 bail to be released or I'd have to stay there for 3 days to go to court!
To say I was having a panic attack at this point would be an understatement! Well anyway, my husband came down to the jail immediately and paid the bail. He asked where he needed to go to wait for me, and was told that it would probably be another 12 hous or more before they could process this as it was Labour Day weekend and they were busy. He told her that we had a flight to catch that night, to which she replied 'you're never gonna catch that fight, you'd better arrange a new flight' and when he said he'd just paid her $3000 and couldn't afford to pay for another 2 flights, she just helpfully replied 'well that aint my problem, it's yours'!!!
He left the jail and spoke to a security guard outside a nearby hotel who told him that this was normal, and he see's this every day!! Apparently, it's a really good way for the state of Nevada to make money out of people visiting, because of the bail and fines. The security guard hepled as much as he could, and my Husband went back to the jail and spoke to an elderly lady there behind the desk. He said that she was very nice, and when he explaind everything to her, she said not to worry, and she would make sure everything was pushed through quickly so we could get out flight home.
We'll she kept to her word, and they released me about 14 hours after they'd arrested me! We had to pay for another night in the hotel so that I could go back and shower and change before leaving for the airport to catch the flight. But then another $100 was nothing comaperd to what I'd just paid to get out of jail!
So anyway, home now and they gave me a piece of paper when I left the jail telling me I have to turn up to court in November to attend hearing. I said I can't go back as I live in the UK, so they said I should call a number to speak to the court. I haven't called yet, as to be honest, I'm just to scared of what they're going to tell me!
My husband and our 2 children and I, holiday in the USA every year, and have done for the last 8 years! I'd be mortified if this prevented us from going again. We had a holiday planned for California next summer, and I'm so scared that they're not going to let me in to the country again because of this.
If they just give me a warning and a fine, then I'll grit my teeth and take it, but I'm not prepared to accept a criminal record for this! I understand that the laws in the state of Nevada, however ridiculous they maybe, are they're laws and I respect that. But this is so totally over the top, it's laughable! I mean, I only pushed him! I really do feel like I've been let down and treated like a wanted criminal, for having an argument with my husband! They charged my with battery!! For pushing my Husband!!
So now I'm sat here writing this, hoping that someone will be able to help or give me some advice, because no one over there wanted to.
Do you think that I'll be able to travel to the US without a Visa again?
Do you think I'd be able to get a Visa if I need one?
Do you think they will try and give me a criminal record in November, or just a fine?
If it's just a fine and a warning, I shouldn't need a Visa to travel should I? Or would I anyway because I was arrested in the USA?
I'm really sorry for the length of this post, but I wanted you to know what I went through, over something so pathetically trivial! It was the worst experience of my life and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I've never been so scared ever, and all police officers in the jail there loved it! Serious God complex! I still can't sleep and when I do, I wake up having nightmares!
Any advice or help anyone can give me would be really appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
Jo x x