Disorderly Conduct

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

In the state of Washington, disorderly conduct is also referred to as public disturbances and can include a variety of offenses. You may be charged with disorderly conduct if you:

  • Engage in using abusive language that creates the risk of assault
  • Intentionally obstruct traffic without the authority to do so
  • Engage in fighting or make unreasonable noise within 500 feet of a memorial service, funeral, wake or burial
  • Disrupt any meeting or lawful assembly

“Failure to disburse” is another offense that can be categorized under disorderly conduct or public disturbances and is charged when three or more people congregate in a manner that creates the risk of injury to another person or damage to property. It can also be charged if you fail to disperse when ordered by a law enforcement officer to do so.

Rioting can fall under disorderly conduct as well, and does not have to involve a large group of people. Rioting can be charged when three or more people knowingly use or intend to use force or participate in the use of force against any other person or property. Rioting is punished more severely than simple disorderly conduct charges.

Penalties For A Disorderly Conduct Conviction

Although disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in the state of Washington, it still does carry with it significant penalties that can change your life.

  • Permanent criminal record
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Rioting is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and up to a $5,000 fine

Don’t let a disorderly conduct charge ruin your life. You need the experience of a seasoned criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights and freedoms, and increase the chances that the charges against you will be dismissed or reduced.

Call Greene & Lloyd, PLLC today for a consultation to discuss your case. We are available to assist you.


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