It feels great to break away from everyday life and have a little fun. However, having a good time in Colorado can get you into legal trouble if you are not careful. Disorderly conduct laws in the state exist to protect citizens from harm and prevent them from being offended by the behavior of others.
Many do not realize how harshly the authorities respond to disorderly conduct. Those arrested for unlawful public conduct should consider the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid the harshest consequences.
What behaviors are prohibited?
- Saying offensive things in a public setting
- Making offensive gestures in public places
- Fighting with other people in public
- Making unreasonable noise in public places
- Making unreasonable noise near private residences
- Firing guns in public settings
- Displaying deadly weapons in public
A conviction on charges of disorderly conduct can affect your life in several ways. It leaves a black mark on your record and can lead to trouble finding work or housing. For college students, it may harm their ability to continue school, especially if they choose not to acquire professional legal counsel.
Specific penalties for disorderly conduct convictions
- Offensive language and unreasonable noise are petty offenses but may still lead to costly fines and/or a jail sentence.
- Fighting in public is a class 3 misdemeanor offense and may result in up to six months behind bars and/or a fine of $750.
- Offenses involving weapons are class 2 misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine approaching $1,000.
As you can see, creating a strong criminal defense is crucial for any charge you may face, including disorderly conduct. How you respond to your situation can protect your future as well as your reputation.