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Can I Get Arrested for Public Intoxication in Las Vegas?

Can I Get Arrested for Public Intoxication in Las Vegas?

Public drunkenness or public intoxication is not considered a crime in Las Vegas, NV. However, a person who is impaired in public could still face other criminal charges, which are typically misdemeanors, which are punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,000. 

The following are the most common crimes associated with public intoxication in Las Vegas: 

  • Disturbing the peace – This offense occurs when a person acts or behaves in an extremely disruptive or hostile manner out in public. Common examples of disturbing the peace include yelling profanity at others, starting fights, or threatening others. Disturbing the peace is a misdemeanor. 

  • DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in every state throughout the country. A first DUI conviction in Nevada is punishable by a maximum six-month jail term, fines of up to $1,000, community service hours, and driver’s license suspension for 185 days (unless you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle). However, if you are involved in an accident that caused serious injury or death, or you have two prior DUI convictions in the last seven years, you could be charged with a felony DUI

  • Open container – Although the police may ignore you for walking the Vegas Strip with an open cup, can, or bottle of alcohol, you can be arrested for driving with an open container in the vehicle. In addition, you can face criminal charges for walking with an open container within $1,000 feet of a liquor store in Clark County. Unlawfully possessing an open container is a misdemeanor. 

  • Jaywalking – Intoxicated individuals often ignore traffic signals and signs, then proceed to illegally cross the road. While jaywalking often results in a citation, rather than an arrest, serious cases could be charged as a misdemeanor

  • Urinating in public – Relieving yourself in public is a misdemeanor in Las Vegas. However, it is more than likely that you will only face a fine, rather than jail time. 

  • Trespassing – If you are intoxicated and refuse to leave a venue – like a casino – the police may charge you with trespassing, which is a misdemeanor. 

Unfortunately, whatever happens in Vegas does not necessarily stay there. No matter what type of charge you face, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid conviction. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested in Las Vegas, contact The Draskovich Law Group today at (702) 381-6590 and schedule a free consultation. Get a legal team with more than 25 years of combined experience on your side! 


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