Can I go to jail for littering in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Mar 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

You can, though probably not for a first offense. But everything depends on what is being littered. In Las Vegas, for example, a typical littering offense such as dropping an empty soda can on the street is punished by:

  • $50 to $500, and/or
  • 30 days to 6 months in jail

Meanwhile, depositing garbage on a public highway or throwing a burning cigarette from a moving vehicle carries:

  • up to $1,000, and/or
  • up to 6 months in jail

Depositing dead animals into the water is more serious, carrying:

  • up to $2,000, and/or
  • up to 364 days in jail

Finally, dumping hazardous materials carries up to 364 days in jail, 10 hours of community service, and civil fines. The punishment increases with each successive conviction. Hazardous materials typically include human waste, sewage, and sludge, cesspool or septic tank effluent.

Note that Nevada prohibits littering on both public and private property. Read more information on the Nevada crime of littering.


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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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