What Is Criminal Law? And What Can I Get Arrested For?

Sometimes it may seem like common sense what will land you in jail. Robbing a bank or convenience store, selling hard drugs, or murdering someone will obviously land you in jail. But you may not realize that there are many other offenses such as domestic violence, animal cruelty, and marijuana DUIs that can result in Jail Time.

First, we’ll go over some bigger crimes that can get you jail time, and then we’ll go over some smaller crimes that end in that result as well. To start, misdemeanor domestic violence is a crime that will likely give you jail time. The first offense can result in up to $1000 in fines, 48 to 120 hours of community service, and a minimum of 2 days in jail with a max of up to 6 months. Of course, with more offenses comes more penalties. Whether it’s spousal abuse, child abuse, or stalking, one of these acts can give you a misdemeanor charge.

Animal cruelty in Nevada is another charge that can result in up to $1000 in fines, court-ordered community service, and 2 days to 6 months of jail time. This crime can become severe very fast and depending on what animals were involved can become a felony. Another crime that can put you in jail is getting a marijuana DUI. This can be tricky, since it is possible for drivers to be arrested even if they aren’t high during the time pulled over, due to current laws. The results can be up to $1000 in fines, 2 days to 6 months in jail, community service, license suspension, and DUI school.

The three previous crimes are serious, which is why they have the penalties they have. But lesser crimes such as public intoxication, indecent exposure, and disturbing the peace can also possibly lead to jail time. Public intoxication in Nevada is not a crime, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go to jail for it. While it will likely not be a charged jail sentence, it is possible for an officer to take you there if you are too intoxicated to care for yourself.

Indecent exposure is a gross misdemeanor in Nevada that can lead to jail time. Acts such as public urination or streaking can lead to jail time for up to 364 days and with up to $2000 in fines for the first offense. In worst case scenarios it can also lead to sex offender registration. Disturbing the peace can also result in jail time. Breach of peace, provoking another to breach the peace, and assembling to disturb the peace are all acts that can result in misdemeanors, which means fines and some jail time.

Facing criminal charges is never easy and can result in a mark on your permanent record, in addition to the many other penalties that can come with it. We have an expert team of criminal defense lawyers who will work tirelessly to fight for your rights. If you need criminal defense call (775) 210-1501 today for a free consultation.