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Did a few drinks with friends turn into a disorderly conduct charge?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2022 | Disorderly Conduct

It is not uncommon for adults to enjoy a few drinks with friends. However, what should you do if an evening of fun turns into a disorderly conduct charge? 

If you are facing charges, you are probably worried about what this may mean for your family and career.

What is disorderly conduct?

In Missouri, disorderly conduct is defined as any behavior that disturbs the peace or provokes public unrest. This can include making excessive noise, engaging in public drunkenness, fighting or using offensive language. 

A first offense of disorderly conduct is typically a Class B misdemeanor, and the penalties may include a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail. Subsequent offenses may be considered a Class A misdemeanor and may result in a fine of up to $2,000 and one year in jail.

In some cases, however, disorderly conduct may be charged as a felony, such as Promoting Civil Disorder in the First Degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

What should you do if you’re charged with disorderly conduct?

Disorderly conduct is a broad term encompassing a wide range of actions, from public drunkenness to fighting in a public place. It’s vital that you understand the charges against you and the possible consequences. 

You should work with someone who can assist you in navigating the criminal justice system and protecting your rights. They will thoroughly review the details of your case and identify any potential defenses. In some cases, they may be able to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed.