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Understanding Disorderly Conduct Charges in Texas

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TX defense lawyerCompared to many criminal offenses, disorderly conduct is a minor offense. Typically, disorderly conduct is penalized with fines and, possibly, probation. However, a conviction for disorderly conduct can still influence a person’s life in many ways – especially if the alleged offender is a juvenile. If you or your child were accused of disorderly conduct, read on to learn more.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

Unlike other criminal offenses such as drunk driving, disorderly conduct is not well defined in Texas law. Disorderly conduct can involve:

  • Getting into a fight or physical altercation with someone
  • Making an offensive or obscene gesture at someone with the intent of starting a fight
  • Using profane language intended to provoke someone
  • Music or other noise that is more than 85 decibels or that violates local noise ordinances
  • Firing or displaying a gun with the intent to upset others
  • Reckless exposure of genitals
  • Spying on someone for lewd or illegal purposes

Something as simple as having a party with loud music or shouting curse words at someone can lead to disorderly conduct charges.

Penalties for Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct is usually considered a Class C misdemeanor. However, if the offense involves a firearm, it is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $2000 and up to 180 days in jail.

If the alleged offender is a juvenile, a disorderly conduct case will be held in Justice of the Peace (JP) or municipal courts. If you or your child are ticked and required to appear in court, it is very important that you show up. Failure to appear can lead to an automatic conviction as well as additional fines. Although disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense, having the offense on your record can still reduce employment, educational, and housing opportunities.

Contact our Pleasanton Criminal Defense Lawyer for Help

Disorderly conduct may involve anything from a physical fight to a verbal altercation. If you or your child were charged with disorderly conduct, call our Floresville criminal defense attorneys for help. At BRCK Criminal Defense Attorneys, we know that even a seemingly minor charge can have major consequences. Disorderly conduct charges may seem like no big deal, but it is important to handle the situation correctly to avoid damage to your personal or professional reputation.

Our skilled team works to protect our clients’ reputations as well as their future after they are accused of a misdemeanor or felony offense. We can help you defend yourself or your child against disorderly conduct charges. Call 830-769-1010 for a free consultation.

Source:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE.42.htm

 

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