The state of Maryland loosely classifies the crime of disorderly conduct as disturbing the public peace by acting in a disorderly manner, disobeying a lawful and reasonable order by a law enforcement official attempting to maintain the peace, willfully obstructing or hindering others from entering or exiting a public place or a public form of transportation, disturbing the peace of another by making unreasonably loud noises, and other such actions. Needless to say, a disorderly conduct charge can encompass a broad spectrum of behavior. This does not mean, however, that a disorderly conduct charge should be ignored or disregarded.
In fact, it is in your best interest to immediately contact a Frederick criminal defense lawyer at our firm as soon as you have been arrested or charged with disorderly conduct. Once you contact us, we will work diligently to find out the specific reason for the charge and then fight aggressively, on your behalf, to either have the charges dropped in their entirety or have them reduced to a civil penalty. The last thing you want is to be convicted. While it is a misdemeanor offense, anyone convicted of disorderly conduct is subject to fines of up to $500, imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, or both. In addition, the conviction will go on your permanent criminal record.
Although we cannot guarantee the outcome of any given case, the most effective defense against a disorderly conduct charge is to have a seasoned criminal defense attorney on your side. Do not jeopardize your freedom and your future because of a vague law.
Contact The Law Office of John R. Discavage, P.A.today and let us help you protect your rights.