Disorderly conduct is kind of the catch-all criminal charge for a crime that involves something potentially disturbing to the public. As you can imagine, these kinds of charges do not have a standardized criminal defense process because they can cover a wide range of criminal acts.
At White & Matern, PLLC, we bring years of strategic defense to criminal offense cases across Utah. Our Salt Lake City disorderly conduct defense attorneys, David Paul White of counsel and Daniel Matern, have successfully achieved results for countless individuals.
What Constitutes “Disorderly Conduct”?
In Salt Lake City, disorderly conduct cases are considered misdemeanor charges, but that does not mean that the consequences are insignificant. Jail time and fines that total thousands of dollars can still come about after a criminal conviction. These charges can arise from:
- The refusal to comply with a police order that is in accordance with the law
- Knowingly causing or building a harmful or hazardous environment
- Behavior that is threatening or violent
- Being excessively loud or noisy in public places (or making unreasonable noises on private property that are offensive to those in a public place)
- Obstructing traffic with the intent of causing an alarming or annoying situation
- Public intoxication
Typically, disorderly conduct charges begin with a complaint from the public. Perhaps a neighbor has called the police to report excessive noise in the house next door. Perhaps there is an obstruction on public property that does not cause a serious disturbance to anyone besides one individual in the neighborhood.
We work to uphold our clients’ rights, particularly when the complaints brought against them are excessive or infringe on their right to free speech or the use of private property. Every case is unique, so make sure to discuss your options with an accomplished lawyer at our firm.
Contact a Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are accused of disorderly conduct, it is crucial to seek representation and legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney that will protect your rights. The selection of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. Do not settle for an attorney that can only deliver the minimum. Schedule a free initial consultation with our firm by contacting us anytime, day or night, online or by telephone at 801-266-4114.
We offer reasonable fees, a 24-hour answering service, flexible appointments and skillful representation to individuals throughout Salt Lake City, Utah.