Everything You Need to Know about Disorderly Conduct Charges in Texas

Everything You Need to Know about Disorderly Conduct Charges in Texas

Mariam Sulakian
Mariam Sulakian
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So you've been charged with “disorderly conduct?”

 

It can happen for a lot of reasons.

 

Here’s a look into disorderly conduct charges and how an attorney at LawChamps can help you out.

 

What is disorderly conduct?

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense that involves disruptive public behavior, typically inducing anger or irritation to others and also increasing the chance of illegal activity. A misdemeanor results in more severe punishment than an infraction, though less than a felony. Still, a conviction could result in a criminal record that can hinder your future employment options, restrict certain privileges such as the right to firearms, or lead to harsher penalties in subsequent charges.

 

Texas Penal Code Section 42.01 classifies disorderly conduct to cover a large base of activities. The statute includes public fights, nudity, and firearm discharge and intimidation.

 

Even if your crime is not specifically included within the disorderly conduct statute, prosecutors may apply similar charges for crimes like public intoxication and rioting. 

 

What’s the punishment?

You might be tempted to shrug off a disorderly conduct charge, but you could be facing serious consequences. The majority of these charges are prosecuted as Class C misdemeanors with a maximum fine of $500. While they are the least severe classification of misdemeanors, a Class C offense is still more significant than an infraction.

 

Depending on the case, sentencing for disorderly conduct can increase to a Class B misdemeanor with 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000. Offences related to firearms may warrant the more severe repercussions. While these are the general outcomes of a disorderly conduct case, these charges may also come along with other charges, including those related to assault. 

 

A disorderly conduct attorney may defend against prosecution by trying to prove that you were provoked to take the alleged action, you acted in self-defense, or you partake in said action with mal-intent. 

 

Seek legal advice

If you are charged with disorderly conduct, you should understand your offense and the associated laws to know what to expect. 

 

Even if you are convicted, you may still be able to expunge or seal your criminal record so that it is no longer available to the general public. This could be crucial for your future employment procurement.

 

To counter your charges and/or record, you want to make sure you have an experienced attorney who understands the local and state laws to best serve your case. Don’t plead guilty until you have spoken to a lawyer at LawChamps. We’re here to review your case and provide you with your best option.



This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
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