Take Disorderly Conduct Charges Seriously
If you have been charged with disorderly conduct or public intoxication, it is important to do everything possible to either fight or mitigate against these charges. The fines and other penalties can have negative implications on your life, along with the damage that a conviction can have on your permanent record and public image. You need strong, strategic defense from an experienced criminal defense attorney like me, David M. Lurie.
Understanding Disorderly Conduct And Disturbing The Peace Charges
I defend clients against trespass, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace charges throughout Missouri, but many of these instances occur in the bars and taverns of the Kansas City Power & Light District, local casinos and the various event centers in Missouri, including Arrowhead Stadium, Kauffman Stadium, the Sprint Center and other venues.
I represent clients accused of:
- Trespass: A trespass conviction requires that you were told to either leave the property or not to enter the property, such as a sports stadium, either through the management telling you not to come back or a posted “no trespass” sign.
- Disturbing the peace: Disturbing the peace charges usually involve things like playing music too loudly or other behavior that people find bothersome.
- Disorderly conduct: This can be more severe behavior compared to disturbing the peace. Examples can include acting in a disorderly manner, causing a crowd to gather, or getting into a fistfight in a tavern or sporting venue parking lot.
- Public intoxication: Most disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct charges involve some level of public intoxication, and public intoxication can frequently lead to charges involving indecent exposure, urinating in public and other similar charges.
I have had a good deal of success defending against these charges in my 45-year career as a criminal defense lawyer. I have a wealth of experience helping prosecuting attorneys understand the good reasons for lessening or even dismissing the charges. I take time at the beginning of each case to listen to the client, determine the best strategy for defense and find ways to present them in a positive light to the prosecuting attorney to make the best defense possible.
Diversion (Sometimes Called Deferred Prosecution In Other Jurisdictions)
In Missouri, there is a chance for diversionary disposition. In a diversion, you agree to follow the conditions set out for you by the court – similar to probationary conditions – and at the end of the diversionary period, if you successfully completed the terms, the prosecutor will dismiss the case against you. This means that you will not have a criminal conviction on your record; you will be able to say, honestly, that you were never found guilty, nor pleaded guilty of committing this crime.