What constitutes disorderly conduct?



    It seems as though one of the most frequent terms that is used when discussing an arrest or certain charges is “disorderly conduct.” According to the penal law code of New York State, “a person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk…” This offense is a violation that is often connected to other crimes.

    According to the penal law code of New York State, some of the actions that may be considered disorderly conduct can include an individual who:

    • gets into a fight or engages in other violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior
    • makes unreasonable noise
    • disturbs any meeting or other form of lawful assembly without authority
    • uses obscene or abusive language in a public place
    • makes obscene gestures in a public place
    • obstructs traffic, including vehicular and pedestrian traffic
    • creates a hazardous or offensive condition by any act that seems to serve no legitimate purpose
    • congregates with other individuals and refuses to comply with lawful order or police instruction to disperse

    It is clear that disorderly conduct covers a wide range of behavior, all of which share the same trend of disturbing the peace. If you have been charged with a disorderly conduct violation, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney to see how you can have this removed from your record. Contact our firm today.

    If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you.

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