Some days it seems New York police pass out disorderly conduct tickets like candy. While the offense of disorderly conduct is only a violation (not a crime) in New York, it’s still an inconvenience and you don’t have to accept it. A defense attorney can help you contest the disorderly conduct violation and clear your name.
In many states, disorderly conduct is considered a misdemeanor criminal charge and carries the potential for jail time. New York is fortunate in that regard; because here it is classified as a violation, similar to a speeding ticket. But, no one wants to pay a fine and deal with the courts if they don’t believe the officer was justified in their citation.
Even in cases of criminal violations, like a New York disorderly conduct offense, a criminal defense lawyer can be a valuable asset. They can assist you in contesting the charge and possibly help you get the violation thrown out.
New York Disorderly Conduct Laws
What is disorderly conduct? The New York law regarding disorderly conduct is pretty lengthy. There are several different behaviors that could be classified as disorderly conduct. These include the following actions when they are done with intent to cause public inconvenience, alarm, or annoyance or recklessly create a risk thereof:
- Engage in fighting or tumultuous behavior,
- Disturb a lawful assembly or meeting,
- Make unreasonable noise,
- Use abusive of offensive language in a public place,
- Obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic,
- Congregate with others in public and refuse to disperse at the order of police,
- Create a hazardous or offensive condition by any act that has no legitimate purpose.
With these definitions, it’s easy to see how the police could apply this charge to all kinds of situations. Often we see disorderly conduct charges doled out when the officers were simply annoyed and frustrated, particularly when there is a group present. But the charge isn’t always justified. Your attorney can argue there simply isn’t enough evidence for the violation and move to have it thrown out.
You don’t want anything tarnishing your reputation. And even a disorderly conduct violation has the potential to do this. If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct, let us put you in touch with a local criminal defense lawyer today.