Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
Disorderly conduct is a violation, not a crime in New York State. Violations do not result in a criminal record, unlike misdemeanor or felony convictions. That being said, disorderly conduct charges should not be treated lightly as a conviction can result in up to 15 days in jail.
Often police will issue a summons for disorderly conduct even though that person’s conduct has not risen to the level of any of the sections in the statute. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer right from the start will protect your rights. Attorney Andrew DeLuca will work to convince the judge to have your charges reduced or completely dismissed.
Disorderly Conduct Charges in New York State
A person commits disorderly conduct by one or more of the following:
- Engaging in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior.
- Making unreasonable noise.
- In a public place, using abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture.
- Without lawful authority, disturbing any lawful assembly or meeting of persons.
- Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
- Congregating with other persons in a public place and refuses to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse.
- Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.
A disorderly conduct charge is often used against students. The police use this violation as their preferred way to charge students with when they talk back to police officers outside a bar or house party. We’ve seen the disorderly conduct charge commonly used in the Albany NY area.
For the charges to be successful, the court must prove that the conduct happened in a public place, and that the conduct caused a public annoyance or any other of the above offenses.
Contact Attorney Andrew DeLuca
Call Andrew DeLuca, an experienced disorderly conduct defense attorney at (518)-245-9109, or fill out the contact form below for a free consultation.
The Law Office of Andrew DeLuca serves the greater Capital Region including Saratoga Springs, Albany, Latham, Troy, Schenectady, Glens Falls, Montgomery County, Fulton County and the surrounding Upstate New York area.