What is Disorderly Conduct?
Disturbing the Peace
Florida Code §877.03 classifies disorderly conduct and/or disturbing the peace as any act that corrupts public morals, outrages the sense of public decency, or affects the peace and quiet of the people who may witness the incident. Disorderly intoxication follows the same basic premise, but involves acts committed when under the influence. Florida Code §856.011 classifies this offense as any act that endangers another person and/or property, and explains that it is illegal to consume alcohol on public property and then cause a disturbance as a result.
If you have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, it is crucial that you obtain legal representation. These charges may seem minor, but in fact they are quite serious. One can be charged with this based on the observation of a law enforcement officer, which is a very subjective situation. You may have not actually been either disorderly at all, but merely exercising your freedom of speech, which is your right as a citizen. First, it is important to understand your rights, so that you will know when they have been violated. If you believe that a law enforcement officer has unlawfully determined this charge against you, you should not hesitate to review the facts of your arrest with an attorney.
If convicted, this will go on your permanent criminal record and can affect such things as future employment and education. Such a conviction on your criminal record may not be what you want available for access to any future employer, and not to mention, if you are convicted of disorderly intoxication, you will be subject to the penalties of a misdemeanor in the second degree.
When charges such as disorderly conduct or disorderly intoxication are made against you, these charges are usually based on the observation of law enforcement at the time of the incident. When dealing with defending such a charge, there are often opportunities to get the charges dismissed altogether.