Disorderly Conduct in Texas – What You Should Know

Disorderly conduct is typically not considered to be a very serious crime, however, being convicted of disorderly conduct could make it difficult for you to obtain employment or be admitted to a college or university as the conviction will be on your criminal record.  Further, disorderly conduct is much broader than many people realize.  The range of punishment is different depending on the nature and severity of the conduct.  Even though disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense, and therefore not as serious as other crimes, you still need a highly experienced attorney providing you with the best representation possible.  Without the assistance of a Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney, you may not be able to get the charge reduced or dismissed entirely.  A qualified attorney will look for the best options possible to reach a positive outcome.

What is Disorderly Conduct in Texas?

Under Texas law, disorderly conduct ranges from being intoxicated in public, to making false, abusive, or harassing calls to 911 operators, to falsely reporting a bomb or fire, to threatening another person in public, to discharging a firearm in public, to causing excessive noise in a public place and/or near a private residence, and to fighting in public, among many others.  When you think of disorderly conduct, you tend to envision that an individual is being difficult, violent, offensive, disagreeable, and/or belligerent.  However, the scope of disorderly conduct is much broader, and the conduct in question does not need to be violent or offensive in nature. 

Merely creating an excessive noise isn’t necessarily violent or offensive, yet it is still considered disorderly conduct.  It is important that Texans understand how broad the crime of disorderly conduct is to ensure they take all steps necessary to avoid being charged with the crime.  If you are charged with disorderly conduct, your attorney will first investigate whether you may have any defenses to the charge, and if so, the dismissal of your claim may be sought.  Otherwise, your attorney may be able to lower your disorderly conduct charge to a less severe crime that will not be harmful to your criminal record.

 

Range of Punishment for Conviction of Disorderly Conduct in Texas 

If convicted of disorderly conduct in Texas, the classification of your conviction ranges from being a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C misdemeanor.  If convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, you face a fine of up to $500, but no jail time.  If convicted of a Class B misdemeanor, you face a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail.  If convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, you face a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail. 

Disorderly conduct in the form of discharging a firearm in public (but not on or across a public road), is considered a Class C misdemeanor, therefore, this is an example of one of the less severe forms of disorderly conduct.  The other extreme of disorderly conduct that is considered a Class A misdemeanor is reporting false alarms, such as making abusive or harassing calls to 911 operators, reporting a bomb when no bomb exists, reporting a fire that does not exist, or anything else that results in a false emergency response. 

Regardless of what the conduct in question is, if you have been charged with disorderly conduct, the sooner you seek the advice of a qualified Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney, the greater your chances are of resolving the matter in the most efficient and equitable way possible.

 Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Being charged and subsequently convicted of disorderly conduct can leave you with a blemished criminal record if you do not have a skilled attorney by your side helping you reach the best resolution possible to avoid jail time, and to avoid having a criminal conviction on your record.  Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has more than three decades of experience working with the criminal justice system, both as a former prosecutor and as an active criminal defense attorney.  Having well-rounded experience is essential to providing the best legal representation possible.  If you are facing a disorderly conduct charge, or any other criminal charge, contact Jack Pettit today by calling (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.

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