Disorderly conduct includes any behavior that disturbs the public peace, order, or safety.
Disorderly conduct is a “catch-all” phrase used to describe any action that is made by someone that is both intentional and reckless and has the tendency to lead violence. It generally refers to the disruptive or obnoxious conduct of someone in a public place that disturbs the peace. Public places can include: arenas, schools, hospitals, malls, waiting rooms, restaurants, theaters, and offices.
While each state has its own definition of disorderly conduct, many of the same actions are considered crimes.
These can include but are not limited to:
Abusive and/or insulting language
Behavior that incites public violence
Unlawful assembly of a group of people
Engaging in lewd conduct in a public area
Loitering or prowling on private property when you have no business being there
Engaging in raucous or loud activity in a public area
Engaging in prostitution
In South Carolina, disorderly conduct is considered a low-level misdemeanor that carries a fine of not more than $100 or no more than 30 days in jail.
In Virginia, such a charge is usually considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2500. The punishment varies depending on the severity of the crime.
Loitering on private property when you have no business there, or prowling that property
To find out more details concerning a disorderly conduct charge, call Haley Law Firm, LLC to get the assistance you need. Our attorneys can help you to find out more about the penalties you are facing and find ways to help you to get the best possible results you can get for your case. Call today to make an appointment for your free consultation.