Being charged with a crime like disorderly conduct can be upsetting, embarrassing, infuriating, or all three.
Whether you want to fight back and keep your record clean, or just want to plead guilty and move on with your life, having an experience criminal defense lawyer on your side can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Contact me and I’ll let you know exactly what I can do to help you.
What is Disorderly Conduct?
Disorderly Conduct is defined as conduct or behavior when a person:
with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he:
- In any street, highway, public building, or while in or on a public conveyance, or public place engages in conduct having a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom, individually, such conduct is directed; or
- Willfully or being intoxicated, whether willfully or not, and whether such intoxication results from self-administered alcohol or other drug of whatever nature, disrupts any meeting of the governing body of any political subdivision of this Commonwealth or a division or agency thereof, or of any school, literary society or place of religious worship, if the disruption (i) prevents or interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting or (ii) has a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom, individually, the disruption is directed; or
- Willfully or while intoxicated, whether willfully or not, and whether such intoxication results from self-administered alcohol or other drug of whatever nature, disrupts the operation of any school or any activity conducted or sponsored by any school, if the disruption (i) prevents or interferes with the orderly conduct of the operation or activity or (ii) has a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom, individually, the disruption is directed.”
Virginia Disorderly Conduct Penalties
It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail.
How to Beat a Disorderly Conduct Charge – Defense Strategies that Work!
I will tailor a custom argument based on the facts of the case that challenges the specific elements of the crime. I will make the prosecution prove that:
- the defendant recklessly caused public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm;
- it took place in public;
- that the action had a risk or tendency to cause or incite violence;
The statute is specific, and all the elements must be present.
In other cases, I can work to negotiate a reasonable plea deal, offer anger management classes, or other lesser remedies that will satisfy the court, the judge, and the client.
Either way, I will work on your behalf and make sure you are treated fairly by the system.
If you are facing disorderly conduct charges in Virginia, call me anytime to schedule a no-obligation, no-risk, free consultation at (888) 205-9314. I’ll talk to you about your case, and let you know exactly what I can do to help.
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