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Disorderly Conduct


Disorderly conduct can be charged for disruptive behavior that occurs:

1.    in any public location;
2.    at a funeral or memorial service;
3.    at a meeting of any government agency;
4.    at a school or school function;
5.    at any literary society; or
6.    at a church;

In order for you to be convicted of disorderly conduct, the Commonwealth must prove you intended to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk of one of these things.  In most cases, the Commonwealth must also prove that the conduct either actually interfered or disrupted the event that was taking place or that the conduct has a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom it is directed.

Not everything that makes a person angry is disorderly conduct.  For example, words alone cannot justify a disorderly conduct charge, regardless of how angry a person may become.

If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct, you are facing a class 1 misdemeanor with the possibility of a fine up to $2,500.00 and/or a jail sentence of up to 12 months.  You will need the assistance of a skilled attorney at trial.  Call Jennifer Raimo today to schedule a free consultation regarding your specific case.  She will give you an honest evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of your case in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.