Disorderly Conduct Charges

What is Disorderly Conduct in California?

David Stein has dedicated his practice to defending Orange County residents from serious misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. His extensive resources in addition to his abundance of experience give him an edge over other run-of-the-mill criminal defense lawyers. Facing a criminal charge is no laughing matter. Even a so-called minor offense can drastically alter your future prospects. To get the high-quality legal representation you need to ensure a better tomorrow, call the Law Offices of David Stein today at (949) 445-0040.

Attorney David Stein is an award-winning, top-ranking criminal defense attorney who has held positions in various prestigious legal associations. In spite of his success, he still works hard every day to improve his knowledge base so he can continue to provide clients with some of the best legal counsel available in the southern California region.

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

According to California’s Penal Code Section 647, disorderly conduct is considered a misdemeanor crime. The following behaviors can be charged as disorderly conduct:

  • Prostitution
  • Soliciting for money, or panhandling
  • Peeping through windows
  • Loitering
  • Public drunkenness
  • Fighting, noise, and offensive words
  • Riot
  • Refusal to disperse

Any “dissolute conduct” can be considered disorderly conduct. This extremely broad definition leaves itself open to all kinds of interpretation. A police officer could conceivably arrest an individual for a perceived slight on the basis that s/he exhibited disorderly conduct. If you feel you have been wrongfully arrested, it is highly recommended that you consult with a reliable attorney as soon as possible.

What Are the Penalties for Disorderly Conduct?

A disorderly conduct conviction can result in penalties ranging from restitution and community service to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, depending on the circumstances. Even if a first-time offender “gets off light” with community service or some other minor penalty, s/he still gets a criminal record. This may bar him/her from certain opportunities in employment, housing, and so on.

How Can I Fight a Disorderly Conduct Charge?

Since these offenses are quite common, the California court has a streamlined process set in place for them. Defendants generally file through and plead no contest without putting up a fight, accepting what they believe is the best outcome they can get.

The District Attorney for your case may try to convince you that defending yourself against the charges will only lead to worse penalties down the line. Do not listen to them. With our assistance, you’ll have a fighting chance at a better outcome.

At the Law Offices of David Stein, we have attained reduced or dismissed charges for many of our clients in their disorderly conduct cases. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts of your case and employ effective defense strategies to try and get you acquitted. If acquittal isn’t an option, then we will use our talents to negotiate a reasonable arrangement that leaves your future intact.

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Contact us today to take advantage of our free consultation offer and learn more about your rights and legal options. Our legal staff can answer any questions you may have regarding your specific case.

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David Stein is dedicated to defending you in any criminal matter. Contact us today for a free criminal defense consultation. We are available to our clients around the clock. Call us now at (949) 445-0040.