What You Need to Know About Disorderly Conduct Charges

Disorderly conduct can be a vague-sounding term if you’re unfamiliar with criminal law. In some places, it’s also known as a “breach of the peace.” However, in most cases, disorderly conduct is a crime involving corrupting public morals, violating standards of public decency, or affecting the peace and quiet of other people.

Some types of that behaviors would fall into this criminal category include some of the following:

  • Inciting a riot
  • Participating in a public brawl
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Loitering
  • Obstructing traffic
  • Use of extremely obscene or abusive language
  • Loud or unreasonable noise

Most of these crimes are 2nd-degree misdemeanors, but if a person is harmed in the process of committing a crime, Florida may consider it a 1st-degree misdemeanor or a felony. A 2nd-degree misdemeanor can result in imprisonment for up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500. A 1st-degree misdemeanor, on the other hand, can result in imprisonment for up to 1 year and substantial fines to the city or county that has jurisdiction. Inciting a riot can be prosecuted as a 3rd-degree felony, which can lead to imprisonment for up to 5 years.

If you’re facing a disorderly conduct charge, make sure you do your best to avoid a conviction by talking to one of our skilled Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Our firm is dedicated to defending the rights and freedom of our clients. Let us see what we can do for you.

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