Disorderly conduct is one of many charges that have survived through the centuries. Also known as disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct is any act of disrupting, interrupting, or agitating every day people or law enforcement officials, usually with means to alarm. One may also be performing disorderly conduct if he or she fails to meet certain standards set by the public.
Any person who makes a ‘false alarm’ in a public area or calls in a false alarm via telephone or other communication device can be charged with disorderly conduct. This is very common in school districts where bomb threats and other alarms are called-in on a weekly basis. Illinois, like most other states, takes calls of alarm and threats very seriously for the sake of the potential victims involved.
False complaints can be charged with disorderly conduct, because the complaint results in a misuse of time and attention for authorities. Finding out that a call is false will result in serious consequences.
In addition to false complaints, various other offenses may qualify as disorderly conduct. These include loitering and public intoxication.
Although disorderly conduct is generally a misdemeanor offense, punishment may include fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record.
If you or someone you know has been accused of disorderly conduct, you will need an experienced defense attorney on your side. Contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 to discuss your legal rights and options.