Disorderly conduct is one of the most common charged criminal offenses in Rhode Island. This is a catch-all charge for disruptive behavior. In most cases, the facts of the alleged disruption are grossly overstated by the police or complaining witness. There are a number of different actions that may warrant Rhode Island disorderly conduct charges:
• Engaging in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;
• In a public place or near a private residence that he or she has no right to occupy, disturbs another person by making loud and unreasonable noise which under the circumstances would disturb a person of average sensibilities;
• Directs at another person in a public place offensive words which are likely to provoke a violent reaction on the part of the average person so addressed;
RHODE ISLAND DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGES
Whether the disruption was due to loud party, loud music, other disruptive noise, loud sounds, including engaging in an argument with someone in public, the charge is the same. However, the facts of your case and your prior criminal history (or lack thereof) do affect your sentence if you are found guilty.
A Rhode Island disorderly conduct charge is a petty misdemeanor criminal offense. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and/or up to a $500 fine. Most disorderly conduct cases will not warrant the maximum penalty. However, any disorderly conduct conviction may include counseling (substance abuse, mental health, anger management), fines, jail, community service a criminal record, court costs, and other penalties.
In addition to the penalties listed above, a Rhode Island disorderly conduct conviction carries with it the stigma of a criminal conviction. A criminal conviction is something that may follow you forever. You never want to put yourself in a position to have to explain why you have a disorderly conduct conviction to a future employer. And in many cases, you may never get to explain it. Because a background check will be performed on you, and you simply won't be offered the job.
Call for a consultation on your case today; we are here to help. We can offer defense suggestions, and let you know what we can do to beat the case, and keep your record clean. To discuss your Rhode Island Disorderly Conduct charges with an aggressive disorderly conduct defense lawyer, call 401-228-8271 or email at [email protected].
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RHODE ISLAND DISORDERLY CONDUCT LAW
§ 11-45-1 Disorderly conduct. –
(a) A person commits disorderly conduct if he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;
(2) In a public place or near a private residence that he or she has no right to occupy, disturbs another person by making loud and unreasonable noise which under the circumstances would disturb a person of average sensibilities;
(3) Directs at another person in a public place offensive words which are likely to provoke a violent reaction on the part of the average person so addressed;
(4) Alone or with others, obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, building entrance, elevator, aisle, stairway, or hallway to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access or any other place ordinarily used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or conveyances;
(5) Engages in conduct which obstructs or interferes physically with a lawful meeting, procession, or gathering;
(6) Enters upon the property of another and for a lascivious purpose looks into an occupied dwelling or other building on the property through a window or other opening; or
(7) Who without the knowledge or consent of the individual, looks for a lascivious purpose through a window, or any other opening into an area in which another would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, including, but not limited to, a restroom, locker room, shower, changing room, dressing room, bedroom, or any other such private area, not withstanding any property rights the individual may have in the location in which the private area is located.
(8) [Deleted by P.L. 2008, ch. 183, § 1].
(b) Any person, including a police officer, may be a complainant for the purposes of instituting action for any violation of this section.
(c) Any person found guilty of the crime of disorderly conduct shall be imprisoned for a term of not more than six (6) months, or fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both.
(d) In no event shall subdivisions (a)(2) – (5) of this section be construed to prevent lawful picketing or lawful demonstrations including, but not limited to, those relating to a labor dispute.
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RI DISORDERLY CONDUCT LAWYER
Yes, you can. We see a lot of these charges, and there are almost always good defense strategies that can get charges reduced, dismissed, or work out a reasonable arrangement.
Because these offenses are common, they go through the Rhode Island court system quickly. When you are charged with one of these offenses, however, it may seem like time stands still. Most people have never been arrested and charged with a crime before, and that puts added pressure and uncertainty on your shoulders.
And when you are facing jail time and a mark on your permanent record, no crime seems minor. But we can help you. As your attorney I can ensure that you will be treated fairly in the courtroom and make certain you are as comfortable as possible during this stressful time.
It is important to hire a skilled defense lawyer as soon as possible to begin the process of gathering evidence and crafting a legal defense to the charges you are facing. Contact RI Disorderly Conduct Lawyer Matthew T. Marin today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case, your rights, and your options. The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc. can be reached by calling (401) 228-8271 or by email at [email protected].
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Rhode Island Disorderly Conduct Attorney Matthew Marin defends individuals facing prosecution for Disorderly Conduct Charges throughout Rhode Island including Block Island, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Woonsocket.