In Nevada, public drunkenness—also known as public intoxication—is
not considered a criminal offense.
However, that does not mean you still cannot get in trouble for blatantly
acting drunk in public or for intoxication itself. For example, operating
a vehicle intoxicated is a
Even if you are not breaking the law, police can still find ways to take
you into custody because the state of Nevada treats alcohol abuse and
public drunkenness as a health issue. If law enforcement officers feel
that you are too intoxicated to care for yourself or your drunkenness
is harmful to your own safety, they may take you into either an alcohol
treatment center or local jail.
If you are also arrested for a crime along with public intoxication—such
as disturbing the peace or indecent exposure—the officer can take
you straight to jail. Additionally, if you are intoxicated or considered
intoxicated due to use of a controlled substance in public without a valid
prescription, you could be arrested.
Arrested for Being Drunk in Public? Hire Our Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been taken into custody or arrested for a charged related to
public intoxication, there is still a chance you could either get your
charges reduced or your case dismissed altogether. At the
Law Office of David R. Fischer, we offer knowledgeable and experienced legal support to local residents and
visitors alike. We can evaluate your case and figure out the best option for you.
Contact us and request a
free consultation for additional information.