The state of Florida defines “disorderly conduct” as a disturbance of the peace in a public place. Disorderly conduct includes situations where public decency has been allegedly violated or where an individual complains of an excessive and unlawful disturbance. It can be difficult to separate disorderly conduct from the exercise of freedom of speech. There are many factors that go into an arrest for disorderly conduct and therefore you must have a nuanced defense tailored to your particular circumstances. At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, we are passionate about crafting defenses that fit each client's needs. Attorney Jones has handled thousands of cases over the years and established himself as an experienced trial lawyer.
Generally, crimes of disorderly conduct are considered a second-degree misdemeanor which includes penalties of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. However, if the disturbance is large enough, such as conduct that leads to rioting or a large-scale fight, you may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, or even a felony. A felony charge could lead to a year or more in prison. A charge of disorderly conduct leaves more room for interpretation in Florida’s court systems and there are multiple ways that a person can be accused of disorderly conduct.
Commonly, charges stem from the following instances:
- Non-violent police confrontations
- Fighting or brawling
- Creating traffic obstructions
- Unreasonably loud noise
- Public use of excessive swearing or abusive language
When any of these instances elevate, you can be arrested and charged with a crime. In these cases, it is important that you have solid representation on your side to help ensure that your rights are protected, that you are not overcharged, and that you receive fair treatment in your case. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, there are several defenses available to you, but it is critical that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Call Gainesville criminal defense attorney Chris Jones at 352.377.7800 to schedule your free initial consultation today. He is available 24/7 and can even visit you at home or in jail when you are unable to get to our office.
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