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Las Vegas Public Intoxication Could Lead to Criminal Charges

By Law Office Chip Siegel  Sep. 6, 2011 4:06p

Las Vegas is famous for many things including its exception to open container and public intoxication laws that are enforced in nearly every other city in the country. It is true that law enforcement on the Las Vegas strip may turn a blind eye toward those appearing drunk in public, but this behavior can lead to other offenses that someone could be arrested for. The act of being intoxicated can impair judgment and result in an individual committing offenses such as disorderly conduct, trespassing, or driving under the influence (DUI).

Police will swiftly take into custody anyone acting in an unruly manner that disturbs the peace or harasses others in the area. Similarly, if an individual is asked to leave a bar or casino for being rowdy, argumentative, or disorderly while drinking but fails to do so, he or she can be charged with trespass. Getting behind the wheel after taking advantage of the Las Vegas Strip's relaxed open container laws is a serious crime as it is anywhere else. While disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and trespassing are often considered misdemeanor offenses, drunk driving or DUI of drugs charges have serious felony penalties if there is an injury accident.

Las Vegas Open Container Laws

Per Las Vegas ordinances regarding alcoholic beverage consumption and possession, it is ok to have an open container while walking along the Strip and Freemont Experience. For certain events or holidays (such as 4th of July and New Year's Eve) the beverage must be in a plastic container (no glass or cans). Despite these allowances, it is absolutely against the law to have any open container of alcohol in a car and police will strictly enforce this with DUI charges.

Have you been charged with a misdemeanor in Las Vegas?

Millions of people come to Vegas every year to enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, those good times can take an unexpected turn and you may need a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of Chip Siegel has provided excellent representation to clients facing a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges. Attorney Siegel has the knowledge and determination to get results and he may be able to get the charges against you or a loved one reduced or dismissed.

Contact a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer today to schedule an initial consultation. See what may be done in your defense for charges of a misdemeanor crime.

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