Disorderly Conduct can be charged as a misdemeanor crime but also as a forfeiture citation. Many people think that disorderly conduct is not a big deal. It may not be a big deal to someone who already has a criminal record, or someone who does not care about a criminal conviction. However, a criminal conviction of any sorts can and will have an impact on your life. Do not make the mistake of thinking a conviction won't impact your life. Often there are unforeseen consequences to a charge of this type.
Disorderly Conduct as a Domestic Violence Crime
Depending on the facts of the case a disorderly conduct can be charged with a Domestic Violence enhancer. This adds additional penalties and consequences. A good criminal defense attorney will be able to mitigate the damages and have the charge dismissed or even reduced to a forfeiture. Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. has experience defending against these types of charges and has obtained the results clients look for.
What is considered Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin Statute § 947.01 defines disorderly conduct as engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance in a public or private place. "Tend to cause or provoke a disturbance" depends on the circumstances. It depends on the circumstances as they existed at the time and the nature of the conduct. If the conduct is private or personal in nature there has to be a real possibility that the disturbance will spill over and cause a threat or disturbance to the surrounding community. However conduct that only tends to cause a personal annoyance is not punishable under the statute. If convicted, you would be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
Disorderly Conduct use of a Dangerous Weapon
Penalties increase with use of a dangerous weapon. The maximum jail time increases six months to a total of nine months in jail. A "dangerous weapon" has a specific meaning in this situation. Just having a gun will not subject you to these penalties. There is some protection for individuals who carry a firearm. A person may not be charged just because they are carrying a firearm. There must be other facts and circumstances that would indicate a criminal or malicious intent.
Disorderly Conduct Lawyer in Madison, WI
If you are facing a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to represent you. Having an attorney who understands how to fight the specific charge(s) is necessary. At Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. we have experience fighting these types of charges. We are Madison's disorderly conduct attorneys. If you are facing charges give us a call. We are happy to provide you with a free case evaluation.