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Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct in California

What is Considered “Disorderly Conduct” in California?

According to California Penal Code § 647, disorderly conduct encompasses several different specific criminal offenses, typically including:

  • Soliciting and engaging in prostitution
  • Lewd or lascivious acts in public
  • Begging in public
  • Public intoxication
  • Loitering on private property
  • Fighting in a public place
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Rioting (using or threatening to use violence in a public place)
  • Refusal to disperse

Sometimes considered an “umbrella” charge, disorderly conduct is often used by law enforcement to cover acts or offenses that are difficult to categorize.

Disorderly Conduct Penalties in California

Disorderly conduct in California is a misdemeanor typically punishable by:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail
  • $2,000 maximum fine

What To Do if You’ve Been Charged with Disorderly Conduct in San Diego

If you’ve been arrested for disorderly conduct, you need a competent San Diego criminal defense attorney to protect your interests. Law enforcement is not on your side. The prosecution will work to secure a plea bargain or a conviction that is in their best interests, not yours. Your attorney will be the only person to advocate for your rights, and you need to be certain that these are protected to the fullest extent.

Premier Criminal Defense stands ready to defend your rights. Call (619) 304-9190 for a no-cost case evaluation with a knowledgeable professional.

We Have the Skill & Determination to Challenge Disorderly Conduct Charges

With criminal cases like disorderly conduct, it takes a certain level of skill and determination to succeed. It also takes creative thinking, as every scenario is different and will require an approach tailored to the charges at hand and also the venue (the court where the case will be heard), the judge presiding over the matter, and the prosecuting attorney assigned to the case. With 17 years in criminal law and thousands of cases handled, our founding attorney has seen it all. He uses his knowledge to develop workable strategies and our personnel and resources to carry them out.

San Diego criminal lawyer Thomas Slattery leads our team in challenging disorderly conduct charges. We are prepared to protect your constitutional rights. Call (619) 304-9190 to learn more!

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