Disorderly Conduct Offenses


Disorderly Conduct refers to actions that recklessly cause annoyance, inconvenience, or alarm, to another person. It also refers to conduct where an intoxicated person presents a risk of physical harm to themselves or others. Disorderly Conduct carries a wide variety of conduct.

What constitutes a Disorderly Conduct Offense?

Disorderly Conduct means that a person has recklessly caused inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm by doing any of the following:

  • Engaging in fighting, in threatening harm to persons or property, or in violent or turbulent behavior;

  • Making unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture, or display or communicating unwarranted and grossly abusive language to any person;

  • Insulting, taunting, or challenging another, under circumstances in which that conduct is likely to provoke a violent response;

  • Hindering or preventing the movement of persons on a public street, road, highway, or right-of-way, or to, from, within, or upon public or private property, so as to interfere with the rights of others, and by any act that serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender;

  • Creating a condition that is physically offensive to persons or that presents a risk of physical harm to persons or property, by any act that serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender.

It is also deemed "disorderly" for a person, while voluntarily intoxicated, to:

  • Engage in conduct in a public place or in the presence of 2 or more persons, which is likely to be offensive or to cause inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm to persons of ordinary sensibilities; or

  • Engage in conduct or create a condition that presents a risk of physical harm to the offender or another, or to the property of another.

Disorderly Conduct possible penalties:

  • M4 (misdemeanor of the fourth degree)

  • MM (minor misdemeanor)


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