Disorderly conduct is a very broad offense that includes many situations. It encompasses many acts that are considered disruptions to public order. A police officer can interpret this very broadly, which is why if the police are mad at you for any reason, they may say you caused a disruption and arrest you.
Although it is a relatively minor charge, it is one that must be taken seriously. Any misdemeanor criminal conviction will leave you with a permanent criminal record.
You never want to put yourself in a position to have to explain why you have a disorderly conduct conviction to a future employer. And in many cases, you may never get to explain it. Because a background check will be performed on you, and you simply won't be offered the job.
Because of the broad nature of the law, disorderly conduct is an offense that is quite common. For this reason, we have successfully defended many disorderly conduct cases and have probably handled one very similar to yours.
Call for a consultation on your case today; we are here to help. We can offer defense suggestions, and let you know what we can do to beat the case, and keep your record clean. To discuss your criminal charges with an aggressive defense lawyer, call 860-294-4384 or email us.
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Connecticut Disorderly Conduct Law and Penalties
Sec. 53a-182. Disorderly conduct: Class C misdemeanor.
(a) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person:
(1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or
(2) by offensive or disorderly conduct, annoys or interferes with another person; or
(3) makes unreasonable noise; or
(4) without lawful authority, disturbs any lawful assembly or meeting of persons; or
(5) obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
(6) congregates with other persons in a public place and refuses to comply with a reasonable official request or order to disperse; or
(7) commits simple trespass, as provided in section 53a-110a, and observes, in other than a casual or cursory manner, another person
(A) without the knowledge or consent of such other person,
(B) while such other person is inside a dwelling, as defined in section 53a-100, and not in plain view, and
(C) under circumstances where such other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
(b) Disorderly conduct is a class C misdemeanor.