If you are found to be disturbing the peace, then you could be looking at an arrest and possible conviction for disorderly conduct.
Under Minnesota law, disorderly conduct is the act of brawling or fighting; disturbing an assembly or meeting; or engaging in obscene, offensive, abusive, noisy conduct, or using offensive or abusive language that can arouse alarm, resentment, or anger in others.
TYPES OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT ARRESTS
There are different types of disorderly conduct that include:
- Rowdy behavior at a party or a bar
- Playing loud music early in the morning or late at night
- Fighting in the street
- Drinking in a public place other than where it is permitted
- Damaging personal party
- Some instances of petitioning
There are many individuals that do not consider disorderly conduct to be a crime. They believe they will get a fine and that’s it, so they refrain from calling their Minnesota disorderly conduct attorney. However, this is considered a misdemeanor offense and can lead to a penalty of 90 days in jail or $1,000 in fines. An individual can also look at treatment, counseling, restitution, community service, and whatever punishments the court deems appropriate.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT DEFENSE
The good news is that there are a number of defense strategies that can be used in your case.
There is a line between what constitutes disorderly conduct and what doesn’t. It is up to the prosecution to prove that you were, in fact, displaying disorderly conduct and not simply reacting in a way any individual would react in a certain situation.
Your defense attorney, on the other hand, gathers the evidence and performs interviews of the witnesses to gather the facts and cast doubt on the evidence that is presented by the prosecution.
If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, you need a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to help you and to find out what strategies we can use in your case.