Las Vegas has a reputation for being a city where you can let loose and have fun, whether in casinos, at nightclubs, along the strip, or even simply around town. However, the law still applies to everyone, and a Las Vegas disorderly conduct lawyer knows the police have the power to cite you for a number of misdemeanor offenses, including:
- Disorderly conduct
- Disturbing the peace and
- Breach of peace.
Whether you are a resident of the city or whether you were visiting Nevada at the time of the incident, De Castroverde Law Group is here to help you navigate your disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace charges. Specifically, we can collect evidence related to your case, such as witness testimony, or prove that the prosecution has insufficient evidence to prosecute. We are dedicated to helping our clients get their charges dismissed or their sentences reduced, depending on the details of your case.
To find out more about our legal services, or to learn more about your case, call a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney at our firm today.
Consequences of a Disorderly Conduct Conviction
Depending on the details of the arrest or citation in Las Vegas, disorderly conduct can result in up to $1,000 in fines, community service, and up to six months in jail (usually only when the disorderly conduct involved violence). In addition, a disorderly conduct conviction will appear on your record, which may make it more difficult to find employment or engage in certain activities.
Examples of Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace
Disorderly conduct does not have a concrete legal definition and is under wide interpretation in Las Vegas. Generally, disorderly conduct is considered any behavior that causes others alarm or annoyance or any behavior that is likely to lead to unlawful behavior. Some common examples of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace include:
- Participating in a fight.
- Threatening someone.
- Using profane language.
- Displaying drunken behavior.
- Making loud noises.
- Harassing or disturbing others.
- Engaging in offensive behavior.
- Engaging in a protest that disturbs others.
While many cases of disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace take place around casinos, bars, and nightclubs, you could also be cited or arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest, sit-in, or rally.
It is also important to note that disturbing the peace depends very much upon context. What may be considered disorderly conduct at one time and location may not be considered disorderly conduct at another time and location. For example, yelling and jumping up and down may be normal during a baseball game, but considered disturbing the peace in the middle of the night in a quiet neighborhood. Likewise, some behavior that is perfectly legal when you are alone or on private property could lead to a disorderly conduct charge in a public place, such as a sidewalk or bus.
Las Vegas Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
We have the skill and experience to assist you with your disorderly conduct charges. In past years, we have successfully fought these charges for a number of clients and now we want to fight by your side. We understand that each incident is different and that each solution should be tailored to the details of the case. In some instances, charges can be dismissed or dropped. In other cases, we can argue your case in court. Contact our law firm today to tell your story and find out the best course of action based on the details of your case.