Disorderly conduct is not high on anyone’s list of notorious crimes in Middleton, Wisconsin. Still, it’s common for those convicted of it to receive a fairly stiff fine, and sometimes even jail time. Also, a conviction may appear on a person’s criminal record, which could cause questions to be raised during job searches. In this post, we will give a brief overview of the Badger State’s laws against disorderly conduct.
Under Wisconsin law, a person is committing disorderly conduct when they engage in profane, abusive, indecent, violent, “boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct” that leads to a disturbance, either publicly or privately. If a person swears or angrily yells in public, they may be charged with disorderly conduct. Other examples of disorderly conduct may include appearing on stage nude to trigger an audience reaction and disobeying a peace officer’s instructions to move.
Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in Wisconsin. A person convicted of disorderly conduct may be fined up to $1,000 and possibly jailed for up to 90 days. If a police officer determines that a person is intoxicated, the person could also be placed in protective custody.
These are clearly not the worst consequences for crime under our legal system. Still, it is better not to suffer them, as well as the consequences of a criminal record. Repeat offenders will face much stiffer penalties. No matter what charges you face, you should seek out a lawyer with experience in criminal defense. It may be possible to avoid fines, jail time or a criminal record.