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How Serious is Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin?

by Gamino Law Offices on 03/24/14

 - Attorney Tedia Gamino
 
 People in Milwaukee, Waukesha and everywhere else in Wisconsin are frequently charged with disorderly conduct. While it doesn’t sound very serious, the penalties can be… and they can stick with you for the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct and haven’t yet spoken with a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney, now is the time to do it; the sooner you have someone watching your back during this process, the better.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

Any person who, whether in public or in private, does something that provokes (or could provoke) a disturbance can be charged with disorderly conduct. Wisconsin laws are very clear about disorderly conduct, which includes:

·       Violent behavior

·       Abusive behavior

·       Profanity

·       Indecent behavior

·       Boisterous (rowdy) behavior

The law even says that people who are “unreasonably loud” can be charged with disorderly conduct – and that means almost anyone.

Wisconsin Penalties for Disorderly Conduct

In Wisconsin, disorderly conduct is considered a Class B misdemeanor. You could spend up to three months in jail and be forced to pay up to $1,000. Because a conviction can stay on your record, preventing employment opportunities or otherwise interfering with your life, it’s important to talk to a lawyer like Carlos A. Gamiño who has extensive experience in this area.

What to Do if You’re Charged with Disorderly Conduct

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you’re arrested for disorderly conduct or you’ve been formally charged with it, don’t answer any questions. Let investigators know that you want to talk to a lawyer before you proceed. Be polite and matter-of-fact, not combative; your behavior after an arrest is often reflected in the way police treat you.

Make sure that you call your lawyer before discussing your case with anyone – even family and friends. This goes a long way toward your attorney being able to protect your rights in the Wisconsin court system.

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