F.A.Q.’s About Disorderly Conduct
I got a disorderly conduct charge last night for public drunkeness. What’s the worst can happen if I don’t hire a lawyer?
For individuals over the age of 21, public intoxication is not a crime, but if you commit a crime while intoxicated or drunk, you will be charged for that crime. Conviction for misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct can mean a fine up to $1,500, up to 30 days in jail, and up to two years probation. Subsequent violations may increase fines, probation time, and jail time.
Certain offenses, such as making a bomb threat or reporting a false bomb threat, may result in a Felony charge carrying stiff fines and a prison sentence of up to 5 years. If serious bodily injury results as a result of your false report, you may face up to 20 years in jail.
It’s always a good idea to hire the best lawyer you can afford when facing criminal charges. If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, it’s likely that the judge will appoint one for you.