Charged with disorderly conduct in Minneapolis?
Also known as “public misconduct offenses”, disorderly conduct crimes include a broad range of activities that are subjective to an officer’s interpretation of a situation. People are frequently accused of disorderly conduct while unaware that they were breaking the law. Even though disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense under Minnesota law, a conviction is still punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
What constitutes disorderly conduct in Minnesota?
According to Minnesota Statute §609.72, you may be charged with disorderly conduct if you have committed any of the following acts in a public place knowing that your actions would tend to alarm, anger, disturb or provoke and assault or breach of the peace:
- Engage in fighting;
- Disturb a lawful assembly or meeting; or
- Engage in obscene, abusive, offensive, or noisy conduct or in a language tending to reasonably arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.
What are examples of disorderly conduct?
You may be charged with disorderly conduct if you have disturbed an assembly or meeting in some unlawful manner, or if you have engaged in conduct that is obscene, abusive, offensive or boisterous. This may include, for example, attempting to fight with another person in public by using abusive language or offensive gestures. Making an unreasonable amount of noise in public can also result in an arrest and subsequent charges.
If a law enforcement officer has asked you to leave the scene of a dangerous area, you may be arrested for disorderly conduct if you do not comply. Brawling and fighting in public, or recklessly handling a deadly weapon or instrument in public will also result in this criminal charge. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, call a criminal defense attorney in Minneapolis as soon as possible.
Fighting an Arrest for Disorderly Conduct
Ultimately, in order for an action to necessitate a disorderly conduct arrest, the person doing the action must know, or have reasonable grounds to know, that their actions would alarm, anger, or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of peace. These are common charges in the city of Minneapolis, and many offenders are arrested for domestic assaults or brawls and altercations in or outside of bars. Since the definition of disorderly conduct is vague, it can be easy for almost any action to be categorized under this crime. They can also be difficult to defend against, with the defense often needing to rely upon witness testimony.
Here at Grostyan & Associates, PLC, I am prepared to help you. I will gather the critical evidence necessary for your defense case and will fight for reduced or dismissed charges. Call Grostyan & Associates, PLC today for a free case consultation with a Minneapolis criminal lawyer will work hard for you!