Georgia disorderly conduct laws, like in most other states, are highly subjective in their wording, and how they are applied in real world situations. This means the law is broad and police find ways to apply it under questionable circumstances. While this can mean a high dismissal rate for disorderly conduct charges, it can also mean that you could face accusations of this criminal offense when you didn’t even know you were committing a crime.
Referred to as a crime against the public order, there are many offenses that are grouped with disorderly conduct in Georgia. These offenses don’t necessarily hurt anyone or destruct any property, they simply disturb the peace of the community and sometimes cause risk of harm.
Georgia Disorderly Conduct Laws
What is disorderly conduct? Under Georgia law, disorderly conduct is defined as:
- Acting in a violent or tumultuous manner towards another person that puts them in fear,
- Without provocation, using obscene or vulgar language over the phone to or in the presence of a child under 14 years of age,
- Without provocation, used words believed to provoke a violent reaction in another, also known as “fighting words”,
- Acting in a violent or tumultuous manner towards another where their property was put in danger of being damaged or destroyed.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Georgia
This is considered a misdemeanor offense and carries up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
In some states, being drunk in public is considered “disorderly conduct”. In Georgia, it is a separate offense. This is also a misdemeanor and carries up to one year in jail with fines. It could be levied against you if you are intoxicated in any public place or in another’s private home and you act boisterously, disruptively, or use language that is loud, vulgar, or profane.
Maintaining a Disorderly House
Yet another crime against the public peace, maintaining a disorderly house involves using your home for gaming, drinking, or disruptive activities that disturb the community and other people within the community. Like the other disorderly conduct offenses, this is also a misdemeanor which carries up to one year in jail and fines reaching $1,000.
Fighting a Disorderly Conduct Charge
When you are charged with disorderly conduct or a related criminal offense, a defense lawyer is there to help ensure you get the best possible results on your day in court. This could mean arguing that the charges are unjustified and motioning to have them dismissed. However, it could also mean negotiating a favorable outcome with the prosecution.
The options available to you depend on the facts of your case.Contact us for a consultation with a local criminal defense lawyer today—one that can provide you with a free case evaluation on your exact situation.