What is Disorderly Conduct?
Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offence frequently charged alongside many other offences, such as assault, unlawful assembly, or domestic assault. But what exactly is disorderly conduct?
Minnesota Statue 609.72 criminalizes and defines disorderly conduct:
“Whoever does any of the following in a public or private place, including on a school bus, knowing or having reasonable grounds to know that it will or will tend to, alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace, is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor:
- Engages in brawling or fighting; or
- Disturbs an assembly or meeting, not unlawful in its character; or
- Engages in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct or in offensive obscene or abusive language tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.”
As a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct carries a maximum penalty of 90 days of incarceration and/or a fine of $1,000.
If you are facing a charge of disorderly conduct, contact a criminal defense attorney for help.