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    Virginia Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

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      Virginia Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

      Virginia Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

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        Virginia Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

        If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, you’re likely worried about what this means for your future. Our Virginia disorderly conduct lawyers are here to help you understand what you are up against and how we can help you reduce the sentence or dismiss the charge. Call us today to set up a consultation to go over what your rights are.

        What is Disorderly Conduct?

        Disorderly conduct is a criminal code that makes it illegal for you to be a nuisance in public either to yourself or to everyone around you. Further defining disorderly conduct would be if you act in a way that is meant to disturb people around you, ruin the peace or without reason create a crisis in public. It may seem like a foolish mistake to make, but it carries serious consequences. It’s not uncommon for someone to be confused about how they even broke the criminal code and why they now have to face charges for it. Our Virginia disorderly conduct lawyers can help you understand why you were charged and how we can help you safeguard your future because of this.

        Generally speaking, when you get charged with this misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, according to Virginia law, the penalty that you will be facing includes a year of jail as well as a $2500 fine.

        Here are some reasons why you might have been charged with disorderly conduct:

        • You were on a street, highway, or public building and you were acting in a way that was the direct cause of violence. Simply put, you picked a fight with someone else.
        • You soberly (meaning not intoxicated by drugs or alcohol) disrupted a funeral service, public gathering, memorial or government meeting.
        • When you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, whether you intended to or not, you distracted a school activity by either interfering or causing violence.

        You may not be charged with disorderly conduct if this instance did not lead to any altercations. If you genuinely did disrupt the peace around you, however, and or cause violence because of your actions, you will likely be charged with disorderly conduct. This will be a Class 1 misdemeanor if you are found guilty.

        Disorderly conduct is a kind of umbrella term or catchall crime that lumps a lot of small infractions under one term so that the police can charge somebody with a crime when they are acting wrongly. Further examples of what could be considered guilty of disorderly conduct include the following:

        • Being vulgar or speaking vulgarly in public
        • Acting in a way that could elicit a fight or unruly action
        • Releasing chemicals to cause a smell in public, such as a stink bomb
        • Threatening others
        • Resisting arrest
        • Blocking pathways
        • Being a nuisance on someone else’s private property
        • Shooting (without meaning to hit someone) a gun in public
        • Peeping into changing rooms

        You should further understand that even if you are on your own property (such as your own porch) you can be charged with disorderly conduct.

        How We Defend You 

        When you are trying to figure out what disorderly really means according to the law, it can be tricky and uncertain. Being disorderly can mean a lot of different things, such as displaying a homemade sign or yelling and shouting. Those actions are not enough for you to face a conviction, though. The law is not that loose that you can face criminal charges for being loud or minorly disruptive. The prosecution, however, will use your behavior as evidence against you to try to get you convicted of disorderly conduct. We urge you not to plead guilty to your charges by any means and to get in touch with our Virginia disorderly conduct lawyers as soon as you can. Here are the following defenses that we might be able to use for you:

        We may be able to use the defense that you had no idea that you were causing a disturbance, in order to avoid getting a conviction for disorderly conduct. An example of that is if you were hosting a party in your house and you’re being very loud, but you had no idea that a neighbor at the end of the street was going to be complaining about the noise. you had no idea that you were being a nuisance to them. 

        If you take mental health medication for a mental illness, we might be able to use this as a defense to explain your disruptive behavior. You cannot be blamed for some certain actions if you are in a particular mental state because of this medical issue.

        If there is an issue with the prosecution moving forward and the way that they are pursuing this case, then we can use affirmative defense against them and convince the jury to dismiss the case.

        If we noticed the testimonies from the witnesses are conflicting and don’t match up, then we can be able to show that this is not reliable evidence against you and it does not prove that you were acting in a destructive manner, which could result in you getting the case dropped against you.

        If you were intoxicated and you were charged with disorderly conduct, we might be able to defend your case and say that because of your substance abuse you cannot be held accountable for things that happened when you were in this distorted mindset. We do this in hopes to waive the fines or the jail term in hopes that you end up in a rehab center instead.

        If you were acting in self-defense and you were mistakenly seen as the catalyst to this altercation, we can use this defense to protect you from receiving the penalties of the charge that you are facing.

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        Penalties if Convicted for Disorderly Conduct

        If you are to be charged with a Class q misdemeanor for disorderly conduct, this is an infraction and you have to have been proved guilty by the prosecution. The only way this would be a felony charge is if you were a severe risk to the public.

        If this is a misdemeanor charge and you get a conviction, maximum time in jail is usually going to be around one year or you may face a $2500 fine. Most often, a first offender of disorderly conduct will not spend any time in jail at all.

        If there was intoxication involved with either drugs or alcohol, you might be made to go to an alcohol education center or a substance-abuse course if you are convicted of disorderly conduct because of intoxication. Community service might also be presented as an option to you.

        You might end up on probation if you are convicted of disorderly conduct and that means you get an officer designated to you who helps you stay in line and they take note of your behavior in order to prevent you getting into trouble again. If you were to commit another crime of disorderly conduct, the penalties that you face are likely going to be harsher and you will likely spend time in jail or face huge fines.

        Burden of Proof 

        In order for the police to arrest you, they have to follow a code and have reason to believe that you are being violent or you are dangerous to the public because you are disruptive or intoxicated. It is not up to the police officers however to convict you of disorderly conduct. It is up to the prosecution. Police officers still need to understand the criminal code in which they are arresting you, but once they are finished with arresting you, it’s up to the prosecution to find you beyond a reasonable doubt that you’re guilty.

        The burden of proof that they have is to show that you indeed did act in a public setting in a way that was disruptive. As we have stated, being in public doesn’t always mean that you are in a big crowd. You could be on the street or even your front porch. You could be at a park or a courtyard of an apartment building.

        The prosecution has to be able to have witnesses come forward with statements to act as physical evidence. They could also use videos or audio recordings, if they have any against you.

        In order for the prosecution to be successful, they have to show that you caused violence in public on purpose. You can’t end up with a conviction if you simply acted improperly and did not mean to create alarm. They must be able to prove that you had an intention to act the way that the charge says that you acted. So, proving your intentions will be challenging for the prosecution.

        If you were arrested for vulgar or offensive language, the prosecution has to prove that you used this language in order to offend someone else. This goes beyond just acting foolishly; they have to show that your foolishness had intention behind it.

        Call Our Virginia Disorderly Conduct Lawyers Today

        Our Virginia disorderly conduct lawyers are here to help you navigate the challenges of being charged with this crime and get you the best possible results. You deserve to have someone on your side working to help you during this challenging time where you think that your future is at risk. Please call us today to set up a consultation and go over your case.

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