Politics can sometimes bring out the worst in people. When Tai Ho’o left his house in Saratoga Springs, UT to go vote on Election Day, he never expected to get arrested for disorderly conduct. But that is exactly what happened when he entered the polling station wearing a, “Make America Great Again” hat. An election worker approached Ho’o to remove his hat, claiming it was electioneering. An argument later escalated resulting in Ho’o charged with disorderly conduct. After an investigation by the Utah County Clerk of Court, the charges were eventually dropped. Although “Make America Great Again” is well known as Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, the hat did not specifically mention Trump by name.
While the Ho’o case may seem humorous, it does raise an important question. What qualifies as disorderly conduct in Salt Lake City? The truth is disorderly conduct is no laughing matter. Depending on the charge and circumstances of the case, it can result in severe penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines and even jail time. But unlike most criminal charges, disorderly conduct often comes with a gray area. There is no standardized criminal defense process because it covers a wide range of criminal acts. However, there are some specific factors that can get someone charged with disorderly conduct including:
- Refusing to cooperate with a police officer in accordance with the law
- Creating or causing a hazardous or harmful environment
- Displaying violent or threatening behavior
- Creating excessive noise in a public place or on private property
- Public intoxication
- The obstruction of traffic with intent to cause an annoying or alarming situation
How a Salt Lake City Disorderly Conduct Attorney Can Help
Because the laws regarding disorderly conduct can be vague, many of these of charges can be fought with help from an experienced disorderly conduct attorney. The majority of disorderly conduct cases in Salt Lake City involve a complaint from a member of the public. But not everybody charged with disorderly conduct is guilty. In many instances, a suspect may face false charges due to mistaken identity or even police error. Most people who are arrested for disorderly conduct do not properly understand their rights. It can often make the difference between resolving these charges or facing time behind bars. In the case of Tai Ho’o, there was no sufficient evidence to warrant a disorderly conduct arrest.
Choosing the right Salt Lake City disorderly conduct attorney is an important decision. When it comes to fighting these charges, experience matters. Attorney David Paul White brings a track record of more than 25 years of protecting the rights of clients and looking after their best interests. He utilizes an aggressive and comprehensive approach to place each client in the best position to succeed. Because each client is different, he places a priority on properly researching the facts behind each case to formulate the best possible criminal defense. Discover how a Salt Lake City disorderly conduct attorney can help. Contact the Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates to schedule a free initial consultation.