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Can I go to jail just for watching a dog fight in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Aug 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yes. Anyone knowingly involved in dog-fighting is vulnerable to prosecution under Nevada dog-fighting laws. Potential defendants include the dog trainers, the dog owners, the exhibitors, as well as the spectators. And it does not matter whether the spectator paid to watch the dog fight.

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Knowingly observing a dog fight in Nevada carries fines and potential jail time.

A first-time conviction of knowingly watching a dog fight is a misdemeanor in Nevada. The sentence is a maximum of:

  • 6 months in jail, and/or
  • $1,000 in fines.

A second-time conviction of knowingly watching a dog fight is a gross misdemeanor in Nevada. The sentence is a maximum of:

  • 364 days in jail, and/or
  • $2,000 in fines.

A third-time conviction of knowingly watching a dog fight is a category E felony in Nevada. The judge will typically allow the defendant to go on probation in lieu of prison. However, the maximum sentence is:

  • 4 years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • maybe $5,000 in fines.

Read more in our article, "Is dog-fighting is a crime in Nevada?"

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Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).

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