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Disorderly Conduct in Michigan

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer, Aaron J. Boria (734) 453-7806.

We understand the discomfort, frustration, and fear of uncertainty that comes with the accusation of a criminal charge. 

At Boria Law – Criminal Defense Attorney, we don’t judge our clients, we treat them like family and get them through difficult situations with tremendous support. 

Disorderly Conduct in Michigan

Disorderly conduct is a common criminal charge across the state of Michigan. Disorderly contact includes numerous criminal behaviors from prostitution to vagrancy; however, disorderly conduct is most often charged when someone is accused of being intoxicated in public, or disturbs the peace of the people around them in public. 

MCL 750.167 is the section of the Michigan criminal laws that defines disorderly conduct. To be convicted of disorderly conduct the prosecutor would have to prove the accused committed one of the following offenses:

  1. The defendant has the ability but refuses or neglects to support his or her family.
  1. The defendant is a common prostitute.
  1. The defendant is a window peeper.
  1. The defendant engages in an illegal occupation or business.
  1. The defendant is intoxicated in a public place and who is either endangering directly the safety of another person or of property or is acting in a manner that causes a public disturbance.
  1. The defendant is a person who is engaged in indecent or obscene conduct in a public place.
  1. The defendant is a vagrant.
  1. The defendant is a person found begging in a public place.
  1. The defendant is a person found loitering in a house of ill fame or prostitution or place where prostitution or lewdness is practiced, encouraged, or allowed.
  1. The defendant is a person who knowingly loiters in or about a place where an illegal occupation or business is being conducted.
  1. The defendant is a person who loiters in or about a police station, police headquarters building, county jail, hospital, court building, or other public building or place for the purpose of soliciting employment of legal services or the services of sureties upon criminal recognizances.
  1. The defendant is a person who is found jostling or roughly crowding people unnecessarily in a public place.

Disorderly Conduct Penalties

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense with a maximum penalty that carries up to 90 days in jail, plus fines and costs. 

It is also possible to get probation for disorderly conduct. 

Depending on the facts of the case, it may be possible to resolve a disorderly conduct with a simple fine. 

Disorderly Conduct Lawyer

As you can see, there are numerous reasons that police can write a ticket or make an arrest for disorderly conduct, but that does not mean that they right. 

Boria law has obtained countless dismissals and reductions from disorderly conduct and other charges so call our office today (734) 453-7806. 

Michigan criminal lawyer, Aaron J. Boria is experienced in handling disorderly conduct matters. Much of the disorderly conduct statute has been held to be unconstitutional. Additionally, police officers write tickets for disorderly conduct when the defendant was not actually being disorderly or can not legally be charged with disorderly conduct.

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