East Lansing Criminal Defense Attorneys - Representation for Disorderly Conduct Charges
In Michigan, it’s a crime to be a disorderly person. This means that you are conducting yourself in a disruptive manner or disturbing the peace, which can mean a variety of different things. From fighting in bars to urinating in public, these behaviors deal with upsetting or angering others. Under Michigan law, to be considered a “disorderly” person, it includes some of the following behaviors:
- Unnecessary crowding or congregating in public places
- Being intoxicated in public
- Inciting violence or riots
- Engaging in an illegal business, such as serving alcohol and hosting events without the proper permits.
- Loitering in areas where the police have requested you disperse
- Being a vagrant, i.e. sleeping or urinating in public places
Being considered a disorderly person is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, fines and costs, or both. In extreme cases, disorderly conduct may be considered a felony, and could result in up to two years in prison. Even participating, refusing to disperse from, or inciting certain behaviors can result in a punishment and fines that could cost you more than $10,000, depending on the charge.
Factors That Determine the Punishment
There are several different factors that can contribute to the severity of a disorderly conduct punishment. Like any other crime, a punishment can be enhanced if the person who committed the crime is not a first time offender. In contrast, a first time offender who has no criminal history may get a lesser criminal punishment. The following are the factors that determine the severity of a disorderly conduct punishment:
- Use of violence
- Use of weapons
- Damage to properties
- Criminal history
- Damage resulting in personal injury
Contact a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of disorderly conduct or a similar crime, contact one of our criminal defense lawyers at Bailey, Smith, & Bailey today. We will educate you on your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system while developing a plan of action. We service Okemos MI, Lansing MI, Ann Arbor MI, Kalamazoo MI, Mt. Pleasant MI, and the surrounding areas.