Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL
Disorderly Conduct in West Palm Beach is defined as disrupting the peace and quiet of the general public, brawling or fighting, breaking the morals of public decency, or engaging in any conduct which would constitute a breach of the peace. These charges are punishable as second-degree misdemeanor crimes, with up to 60 days in prison and a $500 fine - with the added disadvantage of a criminal conviction on your record, making employment difficult in the future should you be found guilty of this offense. Your sentence may also be greater if compounded with another crime, such as
resisting arrest. You'll want to make sure you have an experienced
West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney on your side.
It can be a common "catch-all" charge used by police to demonstrate authority in a disorderly public situation. You could also find yourself charged with Disorderly Intoxication if you've been drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place, and are causing a public disturbance.
In order to be found guilty of disorderly conduct, a prosecutor will need to prove that you have acted in a way that disrupted the moral decency of the public or those who witnessed it. In many cases it can be argued that a person's first amendment rights are being hindered unjustly. It is the police officer who adjudicates whether or not a person is intoxicated, or if they are posing a threat to public or property. Often the person who issued the original complaint disappears and is no longer available for questioning by the State and the charges are dropped.
Disorderly Conduct Charges in Court
The facts surrounding your case may suggest the police officer's decision to arrest for disorderly conduct or disorderly intoxication was unjust, which may help persuade the State to dismiss the charges altogether. The courts typically require proof that your conduct outraged or corrupted the public, in other words it must be proven that your conduct had a direct effect on the public. I may be able to defend against disorderly conduct charges depending on the nature of both your actions and the reactions of the public.
At the Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr., you'll get personalized individual service - the experience of a big firm but with small firm advantages. With over 20 years of experience in criminal defense, I am confident in my ability to help you build a strong case. I personally believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and I will work to ensure that you receive fair and just treatment throughout the entire process and that your constitutional rights are protected. Contact the firm today.