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Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal lawyer, Wisconsin criminal lawWhenever you think of disorderly conduct (also referred to as “disturbing the peace”), you may think of an individual or group of individuals engaging in some kind of activity that is offensive or disruptive to the public. The laws prohibiting disorderly conduct allow law enforcement officers to arrest individuals who interfere with other people’s use and enjoyment of public areas. Disorderly conduct covers a broad range of activities.

In Wisconsin, an individual is guilty of disorderly conduct when he or she, “in a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance.” This crime is charged as a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine for $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

 Mistakes People Make When Facing Disorderly Conduct Charges

Unfortunately, many people think that just because they are facing disorderly conduct charges, that they can go at it alone, without the assistance of an attorney. In sum, they do not take the charges seriously because they are usually given a ticket and are able to go about their business. They are usually not aware that, if they fail to pay the fine or plead not guilty, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Again, if they also fail to appear for any court dates related to the ticket, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Moreover, since a disorderly conduct charge falls under the criminal code, it will show up on the individual’s criminal history.

It is also important to remember that you do not have to automatically plead guilty to the disorderly conduct charge to make it go away. Just because you were given a ticket does not mean the prosecution has a solid case against you. The prosecution is required to prove every single element of the crime charged. If they fail to prove one element, their case against you falls apart.

Consequences of a Disorderly Conduct Conviction

Disorderly conduct can encompass a variety of conduct ranging from verbal to physical conduct. Regardless of how or why you are charged, it can result in a criminal conviction and with that come criminal consequence. Aside from the penalties identified above, a disorderly conduct charge can negatively impact your life in ways that you never thought. For example, if you are seeking employment, the employer will see a disorderly conduct conviction and may not hire you because they believe you are combative or have aggressive tendencies. Depending on the circumstances, if aggravating factors were present, it can be used against you in court to enhance your sentence.

Consult an Attorney

If you have been arrested or are facing disorderly conduct charges, you should contact an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense attorney who will vigorously advocate on your behalf and hold the prosecution to its burden. Our attorneys are prepared to provide you with professional representation as soon as possible.

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