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any company, store, casino, etc can preclude someone from their premises as long as it is not being done based on a bona fide discrimatory factor - such as, age, race, gender, disability, religion, etc - there is no law that mandates a business must serve anyone and they have the right not to, again, unless it is a discrimination matter
while this whole matter is embarassing for you, it sounds as if you were arrested for trespassing after being told to leave and you did not - if that is the case and you were not told that you could not be there because of any of the above listed factors of discrimination, then i am sorry to say you would have no recourse
addtionally, arrests are a matter of public record regardless of the outcome
I did not refuse to leave. I asked nicely 3 or 4 times for my check back and my I.d. I told the DCI officer I would leave and not come back.
The DCI officer said if I dont sign the contract/paper I would go to jail. I went to jail. All on video I was very compliant. He is the one whom abused his power. All on video.
I was held against my will and even arrested. I would have gladly left and even politely said so if they would give me my check and drivers liscense back. They officer held on to these items until I either signed their contract/paper or I would go to jail. He had full power over the whole situtation and I could not have left if I wanted to. They had myself and my girlfriend completely detained. I was held against my will.
well, you were under no legal obligation to sign anything and if you feel that the detention/arrest was wrongful or your rights were violated then you should consider consulting with a local attorney to see about the merits of a lawsuit against the riverboat and its employee
it sounds, if you said you would leave, that the arrest was totally unnecessary and you are correct that you did not have to sign anything, there is no crime there
as to it being reported - you would have no recourse against the paper because they report arrests regardless of why it happened - but this is something else that you can consult on as to how the arrest resulted in a news account that could be detrimental to your reputation
you can contact the Iowa Bar Assocation for referral. try to get an attorney who will consult for free and who will consider taking the matter on a contingency basis
use this link for the IBA