Disorderly conduct charges and penalties can vary significantly from state to state. Typically, these laws can be called “disturbing the peace” and can be any behavior that could cause people to become angry, alarmed or conduct themselves in unlawful behaviors.
California separates disorderly conduct into five separate categories.
1. Disorderly Conduct – This includes act such as loitering on private property, solicitation of sexual acts, or watching someone through a window when they're in a situation where they would expect privacy. Disorderly conduct is considered a misdemeanor. If you are charged with this, you could be fined up to $1,000 and spend up to six months in jail.
2. Refusal to Disperse – If you gather or assemble for the explicit purpose of disturbing the peace and you refuse to disperse after an officer of the law instructs you to do so; you could be charged with disorderly conduct.
3. Rioting – California defines riots as the act of using threatening or unlawful force or acts of violence in a public place. You could be charged with fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months of jail if you are arrested and convicted of rioting.
4. Disturbing the Peace at School – If you enter a school and conduct yourself in an offensive manner, which disturbs school grounds, or if you fight with a member of the student body, you could be charged with disorderly conduct.
5. Offense Noise, Fighting, or Crude Words – Fighting in a public place is a crime in California. If you use offensive words or make an unreasonable amount of noise to try to goad someone into fighting with you, you could be charged disorderly conduct.
If you were arrested in Ventura for disorderly conduct, it is imperative you contact Wilfert Law P.C. as soon as possible. This might seem like an inconsequential charge, but you should always take criminal charges seriously. Our Ventura criminal defense attorneys have a unique vantage point in that one of our founding attorneys was a prosecutor and the other was a former member of law enforcement.
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