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Disorderly Conduct Gwinnett County 

Disorderly conduct is an unique charge because the definition can be widely interpreted. A range of behaviors can qualify as disorderly conduct, so it is important to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to help sort out the specifics of your case. The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson and their team of Gwinnett County Disorderly Conduct Lawyers have decades of experience and know how to successfully defend your case. Contact our offices today for a free case evaluation. 

Gwinnett County Laws on Disorderly Conduct

O.C.G.A. §16-11-39 outlines multiple ways in which a person can commit the offense of disorderly conduct:

  • When a person acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby such person is placed in reasonable fear of the safety of such person's life, limb, or health;
  • When a person acts in a violence or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby the property of such person is placed in danger of being damaged or destroyed;
  • When a person without provocation, uses to or of another person in such other person's presence, opprobrious or abusive words which by their very utterance tend to incite to an immediate breach of the peace, that is to say, words which as a matter of common knowledge and under ordinary circumstances will, when used to or of another person in such other person's presence, naturally tend to provoke violent resentment, that is, words commonly called “fighting words”; or
  • When a person without provocation, uses obscene and vulgar or profane language in the presence of or by telephone to a person under the age of 14 years which threatens an immediate breach of the peace.

Some examples of what could be considered disorderly conduct include:

  • Using offensive language that could incite a breach of the peace
  • Displaying an offensive gesture in a public place that is likely to create a disturbance
  • Making threats to another
  • Using a weapon in a manner intended to scare others

This is not an exhaustive list nor does participation in these behaviors mean that you will be charged with disorderly conduct. These are just examples of some behaviors that could result in a disorderly conduct arrest.

Penalty for Disorderly Conduct Conviction in Gwinnett County

If convicted of disorderly conduct, the defendant will be guilty of a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor convictions come with the consequences of up to one year in jail or up to $1,000.00 in fines, or both.

Disorderly conduct can also be charged along with a DUI. If you have been charged with DUI along with disorderly conduct, you need to contact our Gwinnett County DUI Lawyers immediately. A DUI conviction can have life-altering consequences and it is critical that you act fast. 

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The punishment will depend on a variety of factors including your criminal history, the circumstances of the crime, and other factors. Because of the wide disparity in punishments, it is vital that you hire a Gwinnett County Disorderly Conduct Lawyer to ensure your rights are protected. Call now for a free case evaluation.

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