You may not think your disorderly conduct charges are very serious. And when compared with some crimes it is relatively minor. However, even charges like these shouldn’t be taken too lightly.Criminal Charge in Massachusetts? Call (781) 817-6332.
Disorderly conduct is a general offense that can be applied to many violations. There is a really good chance that you weren’t even aware that you were violating the law when you were charged with this offense.
Whether you were out with friends having a good time or caught up in the excitement of a sporting game, there are many ways in which a disorderly conduct charge can sneak up on you.
Despite the fact that this offense isn’t considered a violent crime, you can still spend time in jail for it. As a matter of fact, a conviction of disorderly conduct can land you in jail for 6 months along with fines. Also, if convicted you may have to disclose the information on job applications and housing agreements for years to come.
So, while you may not think the disorderly conduct conviction is very serious, it is definitely something you want to try and avoid. Call me today so we can discuss your case and the options available to you.
Massachusetts Disorderly Conduct Laws
What actions can be considered disorderly conduct? Well, there are many.
You could be facing charges like this for:
- Offensive language
- Offensive action
- Accosting members of the opposite sex (cat calls)
- Disturbing the peace
- Indecent Exposure
- Maintaining a disorderly or loud home
- Ref: MGL c.272 §53
As you can see, even these concepts can be applied to many situations. For example—there are many things that could qualify as “offensive language” and it’s easy to see how you could get a charge like this without even realizing you were breaking the law.
Legally, because the words within this law are open to interpretation, a lot of what your case rides on is “precedence” or what other similar cases in the past have experienced in court.
While I have defended many clients against disorderly conduct charges, I recognize that not all cases are the same. As your attorney I would ensure your case got the individualized attention you deserve. Call me today.
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