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Breaching the Peace in Nevada

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Breaching the Peace in Nevada


Whether you are being extremely loud in public or involved in a physical altercation in Nevada, you could be charged with “breaching the peace.” Also known as disturbing the peace, this offense is defined as intentionally or willfully disturbing a person, family, or neighborhood with either loud and strange noises, offensive and tumultuous conduct, threats, or fights or challenges to a fight.

Common examples of breaching the peace in Nevada include:

  1. Playing loud music when it is late at night

  2. Loudly and repeatedly yelling obscenities or racial slurs

  3. Allowing your dog to loudly bark throughout the night

  4. Fighting or challenging others to a fight

  5. Using language to provoke another person to breach the peace

  6. Stumbling on the street while intoxicated

Breaching the peace in Nevada is a misdemeanor, which carries a jail sentence of up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,000. However, if this is a first-time offense and the defendant does not have a significant criminal history, the judge will most likely only order a fine without jail time.

Even though breaching the peace is considered a minor offense, it is imperative to still hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom. In fact, it is not uncommon for a judge to dismiss the entire case, if the defendant wishes to fight the charges against them.

However, if you fail to pay the fine or even appear in court, a judge will likely issue a “bench warrant” for your arrest. If you end up getting arrested, you could be held in custody without bail until your court hearing.

If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for or charged with breaching or disturbing the peace in Reno, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover today at (775) 502-1575 for a free consultation. Let our former prosecutor protect your rights and freedom.

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