Public Intoxication / Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct covers a large group of criminal activities that are usually considered misdemeanors. Disorderly conduct is a common crime that is very often charged by a law enforcement officer. It may or may not be charged in conjunction with other crimes, such as assault. While disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor, it will still be part of your criminal history and can show up on a background check.

A number of different activities can be charged as Disorderly Conduct:

  • Loitering
  • Public Intoxication
  • Peeping (physical and electronic)
  • Public Lewd Conduct
  • Panhandling

The charge of public intoxication is also known as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol in a public place whereas the person is a threat to his own safety or the safety of others. Loitering is simply standing or hanging around private property without permission and without purpose. Public lewd conduct is committing sexual touching of oneself or someone else, in a place where others could view it. Disorderly conduct may also apply to common bar brawls, where people are fighting and may cause damage to property and may hurt others.

The penalties for disorderly conduct or public intoxication can result in jail time of up to 180 days in jail for the first offense, fines, restitution, and community service. In most cases, a first time offender will not get sentenced to jail time. However, repeat offenders and those with criminal backgrounds and other charges will likely be sentenced to jail time followed by community service.

If you have been charged with public intoxication or disorderly conduct you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney. The attorney will work to try to have your charges lowered or dismissed and your sentence reduced. Your attorney will present evidence of your background to assist in getting these charges lowered.