The state of Florida classifies crimes where there is a disturbance of the peace in a public place as “disorderly conduct.” This includes charges where public decency has been allegedly violated or where an individual complains of an excessive and unlawful disturbance.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 Christopher J. Jones, P.A., 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. Call us anytime, 24/7 to schedule a free case evaluation and get your case started off on the right foot!
Call Gainesville criminal defense attorney Chris Jones at 352.377.7800 for the representation you need.What are the Penalties of Disorderly Conduct?
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, the consequences of which can mean a year or more in jail or prison.Common Causes of Disorderly Conduct
Because this charge leaves more room for interpretation in Florida’s legislation, 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.
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.