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

Posted by Neil Shouse | Aug 28, 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 gross misdemeanor in Nevada. The sentence is a maximum of:

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

A successive 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

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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