Disorderly Conduct Attorneys in Memphis
Tennessee has criminalizes a variety of conduct in order to maintain a peaceful society. Sometimes referred to as disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct is what you might think of a rowdy crowd doing on a weekend: yelling, causing a scene, fighting, etc. However, the laws are written broadly, and it can be easier than one might think to commit acts which law enforcement might consider criminal. This is why it is important to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who can sort through the facts in your case and help you make the right decision. The following is a brief description of disorderly conduct, as defined in Tennessee:
Disorderly Conduct, TCA 39-17-305: Everyone has bad days. Unfortunately, sometimes people may take things too far. Something as simple as an argument with a spouse, a fight with a friend, or even playing music too loud could escalate to a disorderly conduct charge. A person commits disorderly conduct when, while in a public place, they commit disruptive actions such as:
- Fighting, violence, or threatening behavior;
- Refusing to obey official orders to disperse in an emergency;
- Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by an act that serves no purpose;
- Making unreasonable noise that prevents others from carrying on lawful activities.
A disorderly conduct violation is a Class C misdemeanor. A Class C misdemeanor means that you could be facing up to 30 days in jail, as well as fines. Because of how broadly the offense of disorderly conduct is defined, profane and insulting words to police officer could be construed as threatening behavior. Since emotions can run high during such altercations, police officers may feel physically threatened leading to a situation pitting your testimony against that of an officer’s.
Don’t let a misunderstanding result in jail time and criminal record for disorderly conduct
Brooks Law Firm knows how easily situations can escalate to charges of criminal conduct. Our experienced attorneys are always willing to listen to your side of the story and offer a free consultation. We will take the time to consider the facts of your case, and explain your options so that you can make the best decision. You can rest assured that your voice will be heard. The criminal defense lawyers at the Brooks Law Firm are used to negotiating with prosecutors and judges so that we can represent your side of the story.
Disorderly conduct is kind of a catch-all charge, in that a wide variety of actions can support fall under its reach. This can help law enforcement maintain the peace, but it can also result in innocent people being charged with criminal violations. Due to the broadly written statute, disorderly conduct cases tend to have very complex factual situations. Even if you may have been within your rights, it will often be the case that it is your word against a police officer’s. While most police officers are honest, even they can be mistaken. This is why it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney capable of representing your side of the story.
Though Class C misdemeanors are considered a lower level crime, the effects should not be considered lightly. Misdemeanors can go on your permanent record, and will show up on background checks. Employers may see your disorderly conduct charge and misjudge your character. Not only that, but the potential for jail time could affect your employment or interrupt your family life. You do not have to plead guilty. However, prosecutors can be very aggressive in presenting their case against you. This is why it is imperative that you speak with an experienced attorney who can understand your situation and is willing to fight for your rights. A qualified criminal defense lawyer will see whether prosecutors have proven their case, find out whether any defenses apply, and negotiate for the best solution, including the dismissal of all charges when possible.
Brooks Law Firm will navigate the legal process alongside you so that you can make the right decisions in your case. Please call for a free consultation today.