Disorderly conduct laws exist in every state, and in many cases, police officers will use a “disorderly conduct” charge to arrest you for relatively minor offenses. For example, if you’ve had one too many drinks and are causing a scene in public, a police officer may arrest you under the umbrella crime of disorderly conduct.
While this may seem like a minor inconvenience and an insignificant crime, disorderly conduct is a prosecutable offense that may carry heavy fines and jail time if it results in a conviction.
In Rhode Island, a disorderly conduct conviction will stay on your permanent criminal record, and this may cause you to suffer more severe penalties if arrested for future crimes. Additionally, if the disorderly conduct charge involves someone you have a domestic relationship (as identified in the Domestic Violence Prevention Act) there may be further, increased penalties.
If you have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney immediately. To avoid the most severe penalties associated with a disorderly conduct charge your criminal defense attorney must begin to prepare your defense as soon as possible.
Attorney John R. Grasso is a former police officer and an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney with a proven record of defending clients against disorderly conduct charges. With Attorney John R. Grasso defending you against your criminal disorderly conduct charge, you can be sure your criminal defense attorney has the knowledge and experience to aggressively defend your rights.