Disorderly conduct charges can result from a variety of different incidents. Some of these scenarios include disturbing the peace, fighting, or playing music too loudly. Regardless of where your charges originated from, they have the potential to land you behind bars. In order to maintain your freedom, contact a Madison County criminal defense attorney immediately.
Huntsville Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
If you are facing disorderly conduct charges in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, Trinity, Athens, Madison County, Jackson County, or Limestone County, contact Law Offices Of Segal & Segal. We understand that your freedom is at stake, and we will dedicate our time and energy towards building a case that gives you the best chance of receiving your desired outcome.
As former prosecutors, Andrew and Sandra Segal have gained unique knowledge on the tactics the prosecution will employ. They will use this knowledge and insight to develop a defense strategy that best counters and weakens the prosecutions cases. Contact Segal & Segal today at (256) 533-4529 to schedule your free consultation, and let these dedicated defense attorneys represent you.
Overview on Disorderly Conduct in Alabama
- Elements of Disorderly Conduct in Huntsville
- Offenses Related to Disorderly Conduct
- Fines and Jail Time for Disorderly Conduct
According to section 13A-11-7 of the Alabama Code, disorderly conduct is defined as intentionally annoying, alarming, recklessly creating risk, or causing public inconvenience by:
- Fighting or engaging in violent or threatening behavior
- Making unreasonably loud noise
- Using obscene language or making obscene gestures
- Disturbing a lawful assembly or meeting
- Obstructing traffic or any other transportation facility
Under most circumstances in Madison County, disorderly conduct is considered a Class C misdemeanor.
The following offenses closely relate to disorderly conduct but can be charged as separate offenses in Huntsville. These crimes are defined as follows:
Unlawful Assembly (Al. Code § 13A-11-5): An individual is guilty of this offense if he or she assembles with five or more people for the purpose of rioting. Rioting is defined as engaging in unlawful threatening or violent behavior that creates a risk of public alarm or fear. Unlawfully assembly is a Class B misdemeanor.
Failure to Disperse (Al. Code § 13A-11-6): This offense involves congregating with a group of people in a public place and refusing to disperse after being ordered to do so by a law enforcement official. This offense is considered a Class B misdemeanor.
Harassment (Al. Code § 13A-11-8): If an individual pushes, strikes, or otherwise touches another individual against their will, or uses abusive or obscene language/gestures, with the intent to annoy, disturb, or cause fear, the offender can be charged with a class C misdemeanor.
When an individual is charged with a Class C misdemeanor, he or she can be sentenced to up to three months in jail, and a fine of up to $500. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail, along with a maximum fine of $3,000. In some cases, individuals charged with disorderly conduct can face enhanced Class A misdemeanor charges, which could lead to up to a year behind bars, and a fine of up to $6,000.
If charged with disorderly conduct or a related offense in Huntsville, Madison, Albertville, Athens, Decatur, or the surrounding areas, it is vital that you contact an experienced Madison County disorderly conduct defense attorney who may be able to help you avoid the penalties associated with your alleged offense.