“Disorderly conduct” is a somewhat vague charge, one police officers might use if you're arrested at a protest or detained for making too much noise outside of a bar. Since this charge is a violation and not an official crime, many individuals accused of disorderly conduct mistakenly believe the situation is not that serious.
In this case, they may blindly choose to plead guilty without consulting an attorney. According to The Law Office of Joe Stancati, a New York City-based criminal defense law firm, this is a mistake with unfortunate consequences.
Typically, when a police officer issues a disorderly conduct charge, they will present you with a summons to appear in court in a couple of months. If you are found guilty, or if you enter a guilty plea, you could face up to 15 days in jail, a $250 fine, or both. In some instances, a police officer may just arrest you, especially if you don't have identification on hand.
Because the charges are so vague, prosecutors are known to be lenient with those facing disorderly conduct charges—simply because, in most cases, the behavior that led to the charges was not illegal. A skilled attorney has the expertise to represent your interests and confront the prosecutor, ensuring you're treated fairly throughout the entire process. In many cases, your criminal defense attorney may have your charges dismissed entirely, or represent you in court if you're unable to appear on the assigned date.
The Law Office of Joe Stancati has served clients throughout the five boroughs, providing high-quality legal services in a broad array of fields. If you are facing disorderly conduct charges, or if you have been accused of another crime, you can rely on this passionate team to provide the aggressive representation you deserve. Visit their website to learn more, or call 212-858-9205 to schedule a consultation today.