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1. Posted by pacifics (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi All,

Last year my girlfriend and I were both arreseted in Las Vegas for domestic violence. We had been out partying in Las Vegas, as it was Vegas we were given free drinks and both got drunk( we are usally not big drinkers). Any way we returned to the hotel where we got into an arguement and voices were raised and she slapped me round the face.
Security were then called and we were escorted to their offices downstairs. At this point we thought we would get a slap on the wrists and asked to leave the hotel, which was acceptable.

They then called the metro police who came and questioned us and wanted to take my girlfriend to jail for Domestic Violence, obviously I refused to press charges but this want acceptable to them, so they took us both to the jail. Where we were told we were getting arrested. As we tried to explain neither of us wanted to press charges, but this as we found out later wasnt the law in Las vegas and they had to detain us both. They explained that we would need to stay for 12 hours to sober up and would be released. Which they did, but they gave us a court date.

Now to get to the end of the story. The case against us was dismissed, we stayed in the states for a further two weeks and returned home with no problems. We would like to return to the US next year for a holiday and we are just unsure where we stand. I have read all the info about people with UK convictions but i cant find any for our predicament.

I applied for a visa under the ESTA program last week and was accepted. Will we have any problems travelling back, as we were not convicted of a crime?

Do the Border Agency officers ask about arrests, as in the questions on ESTA it asks 'have you been arrested for crimes involving moral turpitude', which we havent and in reality we both have never had a conviction.

Any advice would be greatly recieved.

2. Posted by longfordlou (Budding Member 45 posts) 5y

as far as im aware you shouldnt have any problems once there`s no convictions

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Peter, I sent you a PM with my thoughts.