Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends disorderly conduct cases. The crime of disorderly conduct occurs when the defendant engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance. Disorderly conduct can occur in a public or a private place. It is prohibited by section 947.01 of the Wisconsin statutes.
A person has not committed disorderly conduct if the alleged violation is based on the loading, carrying, or going armed with a firearm. It doesn’t matter whether the firearm was loaded or was concealed or was openly carried. If the facts and circumstances indicate criminal or malicious intent when taking part in any of these actions, a disorderly conduct charge can still result. Just because you possessed a gun, doesn’t mean you can act in a disorderly fashion. You’ll still face criminal charges.
Disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor. That crime carries with it jail time of up to 90 days, a fine of $1,000.00, or both. This serious penalty makes hiring a disorderly conduct defense attorney very important. Yes – it’s very possible that a first-time offender avoids jail-time. In fact, most defendants facing their first disorderly conduct charge probably avoid jail. But remember, a criminal conviction remains on your record forever. Lesser criminal defense lawyers may encourage you to plea to the charge, but that’s not always in your best interest. Even if you’re pleading to a purely monetary punishment component.
When police officers aren’t sure what to charge an individual with, a disorderly conduct is often the result. Threatening to arrest for disorderly conduct is a tactic that some police use to take control of a situation. This is a cheap police tactic that can result in a criminal conviction that will stick around your entire life. Having a disorderly conduct defense attorney on your side could make things go a lot more smoothly.
Disorderly conduct is often charged in domestic violence situations. It’s what police use when they respond to a domestic violence situation and find that no one has been hurt. But just because the disorderly conduct occurred in a domestic violence situation doesn’t mean that the charge can include a domestic violence modifier.
In order to qualify as domestic violence, the crime must include 1) intentional infliction of physical pain, injury, or illness; 2) intentional impairment of physical condition; 3) sexual assault; or 4) a physical act that may cause the victim to reasonably fear imminent engagement of the conduct described in the first 3 situations. Disorderly conduct is not domestic violence unless one of the 4 requirements are satisfied.
Our criminal defense attorneys have encountered district attorneys who do not understand the proper way to charge a domestic violence offense. Often they see that a disorderly conduct occurred, see that it was with some kind of a spouse, and immediately charge domestic violence. But it’s not that simple. It’s important that your defense attorney understands the intricate nature of criminal law.
This knowledge is extremely important for individuals who value their rights as citizens of the United States. A domestic violence conviction results in a lifetime ban on your right to possess firearms. If you’re convicted of a disorderly conduct with a domestic violence modifier, you will be prohibited from possessing firearms for the rest of your life. It’s important that your defense attorneys understand what’s going on and what you’re facing.
Our criminal defense lawyers have provided disorderly conduct defense to hundreds of individuals across Wisconsin. Some criminal defense attorneys believe it’s impossible to win at trial when facing a criminal charge like this. Attorney Meyer disagrees, and his results speak for themselves. He has won disorderly conduct trials, and he wants to win yours.
Lastly, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. for a free consultation at (414) 270-0202 today. When you discuss your case at your consultation, you can speak to Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys Matthew Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen about how to win your case.