You may be surprised that what you were doing was a crime when you were charged with disorderly conduct in Tennessee. Now you are facing criminal charges and are probably quite nervous about what might happen.
A common catch-all law in most states in the country, in Tennessee, disorderly conduct is considered an offense against public order. Police use this law in order to maintain peace in their communities. What qualifies as disorderly conduct can vary greatly, and is subject to interpretation.
When you are facing criminal charges, no matter how serious, you are more than likely under a lot of stress. A criminal offense on your record is probably not something you ever imagined you would have to deal with.
We understand that people make mistakes and we also know that sometimes people’s actions are misinterpreted by the police. We want to know about the circumstances involved in your case. We want to help you when it comes time for your day in court. Call us to discuss your case today in a free consultation.
What is A Disorderly Conduct Charge?
Under Tennessee disorderly conduct laws, you may be charged if you do any of the following in a public place and with intent to cause public annoyance or alarm:
1) Engage in fighting or violent, threatening behavior;
2) Refuse to obey an order to disperse by the police in proximity to a fire or other emergency;
3) Create a dangerous or physically offensive condition; or
4) Make unreasonable noise that prevents others from carrying on lawful activities.
Ref: TCA 39-17-305
Tennessee Disorderly Conduct Penalties
Disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail as well as fines.
Any misdeameanor conviction will result in a criminal record that can follow you for life.
Can I Fight A Disorderly Conduct Charge?
Yes, we can challenge the case in court and fight to keep you from being convicted of a crime.
With such a broad legal definition, many public behaviors could be considered disorderly conduct. If you get into a verbal argument with a loved one, punch someone’s car, or use offensive language in a loud manner, you can be charged. Often, the police will charge you if you are angry or disrespectful to the officers.
We know that the action that brought about this charge may have seemed quite minor to you at the time. We also know that you may be reconsidering that assessment now that you are facing time in jail.
We have handled many cases like this in the Tennessee criminal courts. We may be able to resolve your case without you having to spend any time behind bars. We want to know what led up to your arrest and then we can determine how to help.
Having an experienced and professional legal team on your side can make a big difference in court. We know what you are up against and can help you during this stressful time. Call for a consultation on your case today.