Disorderly Conduct Crimes
In some states, disorderly conduct can be an umbrella term for sets of crimes that disturb peace or create reckless conditions. While that may seem broad and far too general, there are also specific crimes that are considered to fall under disorderly conduct. In California, there is a section of the penal code dedicated to disorderly conduct, as well as other crimes that are associated with disorderly conduct.
What is disorderly conduct in the penal code?
According to California Penal Code 647 PC, disorderly conduct occurs when a person takes part in any of the following actions: engaging or soliciting prostitution, engaging in lewd acts, being under the influence of drugs in public or being drunk, loitering on private property without any permission, begging for food in public, and invading the privacy of another person. If the prosecution can prove that any of the aforementioned conducts occurred, the defendant can face criminal penalties. Along with this specific penal code, other disorderly conduct crimes can include disturbing the peace, failing/refusing to disperse, and rioting.
What are the penalties for disorderly conduct?
If found guilty of violating California Penal Code 647 PC, the defendant will face a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor conviction for disorderly conduct can result in possible jail time. The other crimes that are often associated with disorderly conduct are also misdemeanor charges, carrying penalties of jail time, fines, and/or misdemeanor probation. If you have been falsely accused of engaging in disorderly conduct, seek the immediate counsel of an experienced criminal attorney. The attorney can create the best legal defense for you and help you understand your rights in the criminal justice system.