Michigan Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

Michigan Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

Loitering, prostitution, begging, and disruptive public intoxication are some of the behaviors that can fall under misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Michigan. Many of our clients at Friedman Law Firm that have been charged with disorderly conduct were unaware they were possibly breaking the law when they were arrested. Understanding the law and how you can fight this charge is within our expertise. We can help you avoid a conviction and the penalties that you are facing.

While in some states a disorderly conduct charge goes hand-in-hand with public intoxication, that is not the case in Michigan. While disturbing the peace while intoxicated does fall under the Michigan penal code MCL 750.167 for disorderly conduct, it is only one variation. Public intoxication is not considered against the law, unless it is combined with disruptive behavior. Some of the acts that fall under the disorderly conduct category include:

  • of sufficient ability but refusing or neglecting to support his or her family
  • prostitution
  • peeping in windows
  • engaging in an illegal occupation or business
  • intoxicated in a public place and endangering people or property or acting in a way that causes a public disturbance
  • indecent conduct in a public place
  • vagrancy
  • public begging
  • loitering in a place where illegal business or prostitution is conducted
  • soliciting for legal services or bail bonds around a public building
  • found unnecessarily jostling or roughly crowding people in a public place

Penalties for Michigan Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

You can face significant penalties for a misdemeanor charge in Michigan; plus, the conviction will stay on your permanent record. Disorderly conduct is often a misunderstanding between the accused and the arresting officer; yet if not dismissed, it can lead to the following penalties:

  • Random drug or alcohol testing
  • Assessment for possible drug or alcohol abuse
  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Community service
  • Probation

These penalties can be steep for a misunderstanding or for those who unwittingly were in the wrong place. Our lawyers at Friedman Law Firm have helped many of our clients fight to have disorderly conduct charges dismissed or to obtain a “not guilty” decree. We want to hear your side of the story and help you avoid a permanent stain on your record.

Avoiding A Michigan Disorderly Conduct Conviction

There are many tactics our lawyers can use to fight a disorderly conduct charge for our clients. First, we need to understand what transpired and why the arresting officer cited you with disorderly conduct. We can then use our expertise in Michigan law to fight the disorderly conduct charge and ask for a dismissal from the courts. If necessary, we can go to trial and work on your behalf to get a “not guilty” verdict to keep this charge off your permanent record.

Contact Our Michigan Disorderly Conduct Attorneys

You deserve to have a legal team that will help you fight for your reputation. Our team at Friedman Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to ensure you are not unjustly convicted of a crime. Help is just a phone call away – call today to schedule your consultation with one of our Michigan Disorderly Conduct Attorneys to fight your misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.