You may not think much of that disorderly conduct citation you received during a night out with friends, but if you are applying for a new job, in college on a scholarship, or already have a criminal record, you should seriously consider how a disorderly conduct charge may affect you.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly conduct is behavior likely to provoke a disturbance, even if there is no actual disturbance present. It includes engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise disorderly conduct, either in a public or private place. Both a county ordinance and State law prohibit disorderly conduct.  

What Are Some Examples of Disorderly Conduct?

Activities typical of a college environment often escalate to disorderly conduct. A loud argument with a roommate, music from a house party that floods surrounding streets, or a bar fight are just a few examples of disorderly conduct.

Public disorderly conduct includes behavior between strangers; whereas, domestic disorderly refers to the behavior of family members, romantic couples, roommates, or individuals in other domestic relationships that may invoke a disturbance.

What Are the Charges for Disorderly Conduct in Rock County?

In Rock County, you can be arrested on a criminal disorderly conduct charge, issued a Wisconsin Uniform Misdemeanor Citation for criminal disorderly conduct, or you can simply receive a ticket for an ordinance violation. A violation of Ordinance 3.201, for example, requires only that you pay a fine. There is no possibility of jail time and it will not report to a criminal record.

However, violating Wisconsin Statute 947.01 will result in criminal charges for the same behavior. You can be arrested immediately and booked into jail for criminal disorderly conduct, or you can receive a misdemeanor citation requiring a court appearance. The penalties for criminal disorderly conduct include jail time, a fine, and a criminal record.

Criminal disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor. A criminal charge for disorderly conduct is punishable by up to ninety days in jail and a fine of $1,000. For repeat offenders, it could mean up to two years in prison.

Additionally, disorderly conduct is specifically prohibited on the University of Wisconsin Whitewater’s campus. Students found responsible for disorderly conduct on-campus face penalties ranging from a written reprimand to expulsion. Therefore, students in Whitewater should avoid situations that could amount to disorderly conduct.

Should I Hire A Janesville Disorderly Conduct Attorney to Help with My Charges?

These charges can impact everything from your employment and living arrangements to your reputation and school privileges. Whether your behavior was an act of self-defense or you were simply exercising your First Amendment right to free speech, an attorney can fight to have these charges reduced when appropriate and zealously pursue the best possible outcome for your case. 

Contact Janesville criminal defense attorney Austin Milks today to schedule a free consultation.

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