Disorderly Conduct Attorney in St. Paul, MN
Understanding Your Charges
Disorderly conduct is a serious criminal offense that goes beyond a simple slap on the wrist. Many people assume that being arrested for disorderly conduct, or disturbing the peace, will not impact their future but this is actually not the case - a disorderly conduct charge is a misdemeanor offense that will remain on your permanent record. You can fight back by contacting a St. Paul criminal defense lawyer from our firm.
Types of Disorderly Conduct in Minnesota
Disorderly conduct offenses involve:
- Knowingly, recklessly or intentionally engaging in brawling or fighting. This includes fights at a bar, on the street, in school or anywhere else.
- Knowingly, recklessly or intentionally committing indecent conduct or exposure. Indecent exposure can also be considered a misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct offense as well.
- Knowingly, recklessly or intentionally disturbing an assembly or a meeting not unlawful in its character. This could include any public event, from a rally to a conference to a sporting event.
- Knowingly, recklessly or intentionally engaging in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct that arouses alarm, anger, or resentment in others
There are several examples of disorderly conduct that could result in an arrest. Storming the sports field during a public football game, getting into a fight outside a pub late at night or stripping through the streets while intoxicated may seem harmless in nature but they are all considered criminal offenses.
Disorderly Conduct Penalties
Disorderly conduct can not only end in up to 90 days in prison and/or a $1000 fine; you may also be faced with counseling or community service. Furthermore, this one act of indecency could remain on your record forever. This record can be accessed by future colleges, employers and even landlords making it a lot harder to thrive later in life.
There are many instances where disorderly conduct will go hand in hand with another, more serious offense. Often this offense will be assault, domestic assault or criminal sexual conduct. You may be facing even more severe criminal charges, including longer jail time and heftier fines if you are convicted of disorderly conduct on top of another offense.
Juvenile Disorderly Conduct Behavior
Disorderly conduct is a common criminal violation for those under the age of 18. Even though you may be classified as a juvenile, you could still face a criminal conviction. Juvenile courts are a lot more complex than most realize. They work on the premise that the juvenile will not only need to be punished but also rehabilitated to ensure that this criminal behavior does not continue into his adult life.
You may still face a misdemeanor offense as well as community service and counseling in some instances. Protecting young people from permanent damage to their record is something we believe in.
Get help from Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A.!
If you or someone you love has been accused of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace or any other criminal violation, it is crucial that you contact our team of qualified attorneys right away. Don't let one drunken night out or one stupid act of anger negatively impact the rest of your life. Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A. has represented clients throughout the St. Paul and Minneapolis area that are facing disorderly conduct charges.
We work with clients each step of the way to make sure clients know their options, their rights are protected and the best possible resolution is pursued on your behalf. A disorderly conduct arrest should never be taken lightly. Contact a criminal lawyer at our firm to discuss your case and what can be done to fight back.