Every city has a unique atmosphere to it. There are places that tourists will want to hit no matter what city they go to. The locals are also able to enjoy these places as well. Here in Las Vegas tourists and locals both enjoy going to the night clubs that our city has to offer. While most of the time people can go to a nightclub and not have any problems unfortunately there are circumstances where arrests have to be made. Disturbing the peace is a common reason arrests are made at nightclubs. Today Kajioka & Associates Attorneys at Law wants to take some time to explain exactly what disturbing the peace is.
Definition of Disturbing the Peace
First let’s talk about what exactly disturbing the peace is. Disturbing the peace is a criminal offense that occurs when a person engages in some form of unruly public behavior. When a person’s words or conduct jeopardize another person’s right to peace and tranquility they are at risk of being charged for disturbing the peace. Many times getting in fights is the reason that people get charged with disturbing the peace. While disturbing the peace is considered a minor offense and will not usually result in a criminal record, if combined with other offenses, particularly violent or repeated offenses, it may result in a negative impact on a criminal record.
Examples of Disturbing the Peace
Each state has different things that are considered to disturb the peace. Here is a list of actions that could be considered as disturbing the peace.
• Fighting in a public place
• Using offensive words that are meant to encourage people to become violent
• Shouting in a public place intending to start violent or unlawful activity
• Holding an unlawful public assembly
• Screaming profanities in front of a person’s home repeatedly
• Dogs that bark excessively
• Playing loud music late at night that is disturbing the neighbors
Here in Las Vegas we see lots of cases of fights at bars and night clubs. When you are having a good time make sure that you do not cross the line from acceptable to unacceptable to avoid any charges. If you have friends with you they can help make sure that everyone in the group has a fantastic time without any legal issues.
What is Not Considered Disturbing the Peace?
Sometimes people think that they can call the cops for things that do not actually fall under the category of disturbing the peace. You will not be charged with disturbing the peace for horseplay, embarrassing someone, annoying someone, bumping into someone on accident, or making gestures at people such as flipping someone off. If someone wants to call the cops on you for any of these offenses you do not need to be concerned.
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Business Attorneys & More in Greater Las Vegas, Nevada
If you are charged with disturbing the peace you will want to contact us here at Kajioka & Associates Attorneys at Law. We can take a look at the incident and help defend you in court. If you felt like you were acting in self-defense we can help you accurately describe the incident so that the charges can be dropped. If you are guilty of disturbing the peace we may be able to help you get a plea bargain that will help lessen the consequences. Contact us to learn more.