Skilled Defense Against Disorderly Conduct Charges In Pennsylvania
The attorneys at Chieppor & Egner LLC represent individuals charged with all manner of criminal offenses, including disorderly conduct and similar charges. Disorderly conduct is defined under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code as a person who had the “intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk.” Some examples include:
- Engaging in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior
- Making unreasonable noise
- Using obscene language or making an obscene gesture
- Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any action which serves no legitimate purpose
Examples of disorderly conduct include having a loud party at your home, fighting in a public place or yelling obscenities. It is also frequently charged against those who urinate in public.
Being charged with disorderly conduct in Pennsylvania is typically a summary offense, but in some circumstances can be classified as a misdemeanor depending on the severity of the behavior. Any charge of disorderly conduct should be fought because even a summary conviction will be on your criminal history and cannot be expunged for five years.
Understanding The Penalties For Conviction
Penalties for disorderly conduct as a summary offense, if convicted:
- $300 fine
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Can be expunged after 5 years
Penalties for disorderly conduct as a misdemeanor, if convicted:
- $300 fine
- Up to one year in jail
- Not able to be expunged; would require a pardon to erase from criminal history
If you are a minor (under the age of 18) and convicted of disorderly conduct, you will face the following penalties:
- A fine of up to $300, plus approximately $120 in administrative costs
- Up to 90 days in jail (it’s extremely rare to get jail time)
- Potentially being able to have the charge expunged
Our attorneys can help you contest the charges or otherwise resolve them in the most favorable manner available.