Fight Disorderly Conduct Charges | Criminal Defense Options
Defense Options For Disorderly Conduct ChargesA charge of disorderly conduct can mean many different things in Wisconsin. The law is written very broadly to encompass many actions and behaviors. Even so, it is a serious charge because one of the underlying themes to the charge is that it disturbs others. If you are found guilty of disorderly conduct, you will have a criminal record, which can affect your current and future job and housing prospects and even your ability to obtain government documentation. A domestic disorderly conduct conviction will make it illegal for you to possess guns under federal law. This is extremely unfortunate because sometimes disorderly conduct is nothing more than being a little too loud in the wrong place and at the wrong time. Physical harm to others is not a prerequisite of a disorderly conduct charge. Many times whether or not you are charged with disorderly conduct comes down to the law enforcement officer on the scene. Some people are sent home with a warning, others fine themselves cuffed and heading to jail. It’s a very subjective charge. Defending yourself against disorderly conduct charges becomes crucial as you suddenly face the possibility of fines, jail time, and a criminal record, especially if your actions were not causing true harm to others. But a criminal charge is still a criminal charge, and for the best potential outcome you should obtain the services of an Eisenberg Law Offices criminal defense lawyer in Madison, WI.
Three Potential Defenses To Disorderly Conduct ChargesDefense of disorderly conduct charges depends on what your “disorderly” actions or activities were at the time of arrest. Here are three common defenses to the charge:
- Freedom Of Speech. If you were loud and obnoxious or offended someone with your words, you could claim protections under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects our freedom of speech. It is possible for your defense attorney to argue that you were simply expressing your feelings, as you are freely able to do, and not engaging in disorderly conduct. This is the most common defense.
- Involuntary Actions. In some cases it could be argued that you were not in control of yourself and therefore are not liable for your involuntary actions. You’ll likely need to prove that you have a medical condition or something that caused you to act the way you did.
- Self Defense. If a physical altercation was part of the disorderly conduct, you might be able to argue that you acted in self-defense. This defense is bolstered if you have witnesses who can tell police or the judge what they saw.