Disorderly conduct is generally charged as a second-degree misdemeanor. It is usually charged a “breach of peace.” It can include acts inappropriate in public, acts lacking in public decency, or acts that cause distress to those who witness the acts. It also includes fighting and brawling. If you resist arrest, the charge is usually bumped up to a first-degree misdemeanor. More information on Florida Laws on resisting arrest.
Some forms of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to public drunkenness, loitering, fighting, disturbing the peace, blocking or otherwise obstructing traffic, using obscene language, unreasonable or loud noise. In some counties, you can get a ticket for disorderly conduct if your muffler is too loud. For more information contact our Broward disorderly conduct attorney.
Disturbing the peace can simply mean a party that is a little too loud for the neighbors. Fighting, even though it comes under disorderly conduct, can be charged as a felony, depending on the circumstances.
William Moore Criminal Defense is located in Fort Lauderdale and Broward.