Disorderly Conduct Explained

Disorderly conduct charges usually apply to young adults when they first start experimenting with alcohol. These charges rarely result in prison time; however, it is important to familiarize yourself with the related penalties, especially if you have loved ones entering adulthood.

Disorderly conduct is a very minor crime that constitutes disturbing the normal flow of public activity. For example, fighting in public can be filed under disorderly conduct.

A subcategory of disorderly conduct is public intoxication. Public intoxication refers to anyone that is intoxicated with alcohol and is disturbing the peace of society. The most common way that charges are brought up is through witness testimony. In California, there must be proof that someone was drunk and disturbing the peace in order to successfully prosecute someone on public intoxication charges.

Although it is not illegal to be drunk in public, disturbing the peace can result in being arrested. For example, puking/passing out in public, urinating in public are grounds for public intoxication charges. These actions can lead to a misdemeanor charge (California Penal Code Section 647).

When first arrested for disorderly conduct charges, it is crucial to get released from jail as fast as possible. A bail agent can help you get released from jail quickly. However, if the charge is very miniscule, some individuals can even be released on their own behalf without having to post bail money. Then, an attorney should be hired so they can advise you on what to do before your court date.

These charges must be taken very seriously. If they cooperate with the law and work with the proper legal attorneys, the charges can sometimes be dismissed altogether. However, if they do not take the charges seriously, there can be hefty fines and/or prison time as a result of the negligence.

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