A disorderly conduct charge may seem like a minor offense, but it can have a big impact on your life. With a vague description, this charge can be assigned in a wide range of situations, and it sometimes added in with other offenses. You may be confused as to how to fight against a conviction and what options are available to you.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you protect your future from this charge. You may be facing other offenses in conjunction with this allegation, and a lawyer who is familiar with Iowa's criminal statutes can guide you through the confusing process ahead of you with confidence.
Iowa Disorderly Conduct Attorney
At McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C., we believe in going the extra mile for every client. We know that you have a heavy load of stress on your shoulders, and we want to help you through this challenging time by aggressively pursuing your defense. While proactively seeking a positive resolution for you, we can give you confidence in your situation and minimize your anxiety.
Call us today at (515) 279-9700 to schedule your free consultation appointment. We can review your unique circumstances and review your available options to help you chose the best way to proceed.
What is Legally Considered Disorderly Conduct?
Iowa Statute 723.4 outlines what constitutes an offense of disorderedly conduct. A number of scenarios are listed, including:
- Fighting in a public place
- Causing a loud disturbance near a residence or public building
- Threatening or provoking another person in public
- Disrupting a lawful meeting or assembly
- Willfully spread a false alarm of a fire or catastrophe, such as pulling a fire alarm
- Defacing the American flag in a way to incite trespassing or assault from another person
- Creating a loud or threatening disturbance at or near a funeral or memorial service
Generally this law forbids actions that disturb the peace of the public in general, and officers can arrest individuals for causing disruptive behavior. The offense can be applied to many situations, such as a loud party, a bar fight, or even some protest situations. Sometimes this charge is coupled with other offense, as is most often the case with an assault charge during a fight, which can lead to more severe consequences for the offender.
Sometimes domestic disputes may be out of hand and may lead to a concerned neighbor involving law enforcement. In many of these cases an arrest is made, and the charges often include disorderly conduct, on the grounds that your quarrel was disruptive to the other residents near you.
Penalties for a Disorderly Conduct Charge in Iowa
Typically, a disorderly conduct charge is considered a misdemeanor. For a first offense, a conviction carries the possibility of up to 30 days in jail and / or a maximum fine of $1,000. In addition, you will gain a mark on your criminal record that can interfere with opportunities such as education and employment.
The accompanying charges can often be more problematic, but disorderly conduct charges can be files on their own. Sometimes these charges stem from simple pranks or just having fun. Don't let an offense for a silly decision, like pulling a fire alarm to get out of school, ruin your or a loved one's future.
Seeking a Des Moines Attorney for a Disorderly Conduct Charge
You can be arrested for disorderly conduct for a minor infraction, but it can have serious repercussions for your future. The lawyers of McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. can fight on your behalf, to keep this charge from creating a problematic criminal record for you. With nearly 50 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys know how to proactively pursue a positive resolution for you. Call us today at (515) 279-9700 to schedule your free consultation.