How to Defend Against Disorderly Conduct Charges
If you’ve been charged with Disorderly Conduct, contact a Criminal Defense attorney
If you are in an emotional or excitable situation, it may not take long for things to get out of hand. A potential catchall crime Wisconsin police may apply is “disorderly conduct.” All it takes is a complaint and a police decision for you to be charged. If you face disorderly conduct charges, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Defining Disorderly Conduct
In Wisconsin, disorderly conduct charges apply to any behavior determined to be violent, abusive, unreasonably loud, or disruptive. It can come out of an argument, a party, or a fight. If someone reports you as causing a disturbance, whether to arrest you falls on the officer who responds to the situation.
Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor. Still, it carries significant penalties. If you are convicted, you now have a criminal charge on your record. Beyond this, you can be fined up to $1,000 and have to spend up to 90 days in jail. Your current job, future prospects, reputation, and personal freedom are all at risk once you are arrested.
What to Do Next
If you are arrested, the police read you your rights. Take these seriously. Cooperate with the officers, but do not admit to any conduct or wrongdoing without an attorney present. Look for an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your rights and provide a defense for you. You may be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced. Sometimes this means accepting a plea deal for a lesser charge, while other times you will need a strong defense at trial. In either case, you need a lawyer who understands the law and the criminal defense system to help you through this frightening experience.
If you have been arrested for disorderly conduct, Eisenberg Law Offices can help. Contact us online or at (608)256-8356, and we will provide you the experienced, vigorous defense you need.