Disturbing of the Peace

What constitutes disorderly conduct?

Disorderly Conduct (commonly referred to as disruption of peace or disturbing the peace) is a fairly common criminal charge, and encompasses a variety of disruptive behaviors. Some of the more common acts considered disorderly conduct by law enforcement officials include:

  • Making an "unreasonable" amount of noise
  • Engaging in fighting or other behavior considered seriously disruptive
  • Provoking someone through offensive or abusive language
  • Refusing to leave an area after being directed to do so by officials
  • Handling or displaying a firearm in a reckless manner
  • Making a commotion with the intent of disrupting business

In most situations, disorderly conduct is considered a class C misdemeanor, which is a "fine only" offense. The crime can be increased to a class B misdemeanor if a firearm is involved, and the penalties can include probation, community service, mandatory counseling, and even jail time. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, then contact a skilled attorney as your rights may have been violated and an attorney can expose those violations if they did indeed occur.

Disorderly Conduct Charges

Of the many criminal charges one can be brought up against, disorderly conduct charges lend themselves the most to being successfully defended in court. As an American, you have the inalienable rights to free speech, assembly, and expression, and these rights are often violated in a disorderly conduct arrest. For example, directing offensive language at a person, even a police officer, is protected by our freedom of speech laws, but individuals are often arrested for disorderly conduct when engaging in such an act. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, then your rights deserve to be protected, and the legal team of The Alband Law Firm can ensure that happens when representing you in your case. Call us today, and we will aggressively defend you against your charges to increase your chances of a favorable case outcome.

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