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After a night out at the bar or club it can be quite easy for things to get out of control. What may seem like a good idea at the time (streaking naked anyone?) may turn into a nightmare down the road, especially if the wrong people catch you. Not only could you face disgrace and humiliation, but you may also be arrested. Furthermore, if your harmless fun turns violent, then you could also be facing serious criminal charges.

What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct?

 

You could be arrested for disorderly conduct if you are seen to be disturbing the peace. In nearly all instances, a disorderly conduct arrest will be made in a public area, such as in a recreational area, a pub or on the public street. Furthermore in most instances, a disorderly conduct arrest will follow a night of drinking. Disorderly conduct includes indecent exposure (such as streaking or having hardcore sex in a public place), brawling or fighting or displayed offensive, obscene, rude or animated behavior in a public place. Doing burnouts in the parking lot at 4:00 am may seem harmless but it could constitute as disorderly conduct, especially if the neighbors complain. Presence a rowdy party and singing at the top of your lungs can also be considered disorderly conduct. Having a loud fight with your girlfriend outside the bar can also be considered disorderly conduct.

Disorderly Conduct and Assault

 

In some instances, a disorderly conduct could only be the beginning of your worries. If you have been arrested for brawling or fighting, then you could also be facing an assault charge. Disorderly conduct is usually considered a misdemeanor, which means you could be facing $1,000 in fines and/or 30 days in prison, at the very worst. However, if you add an assault charge to the mixture, you could be facing a lot harsher consequences. In many instances, an assault conviction is considered a felony, which means you, could be spending several years behind bars.

When you are out in public, it is best to keep control of your emotions as best as possible, especially after a few drinks. If you are at a party where the police are involved, remain polite or stay away. Do not try to be the hero and step into a situation to defend the homeowner or try to put in your two cents, especially if you are intoxicated. You may be arrested and might need to spend the night at the station.