Disorderly Conduct Charge in Georgia
When charged with DUI in Georgia, it is likely that you received tickets or other citations. DUI is oftentimes charged with disorderly conduct. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our attorneys are skilled at resolving the DUI charge and any other tickets you may have received. Our founder, Richard S. Lawson, formerly served as a Georgia prosecutor before opening his own firm. His knowledge of how the State thinks is invaluable to our practice and has helped us to successfully resolve over 5,000 cases. Call now and see how we can obtain a great result for your case.
Disorderly Conduct Laws in Georgia
Georgia law O.C.G.A. §16-11-39 states that a person commits disorderly conduct when he or she:
- acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby such person is placed in reasonable fear of the safety of such person's life, limb, or health;
- acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby the property of such person is placed in danger of being damaged or destroyed;
- without provocation, uses to or of another person in such other person's presence, opprobrious or abusive words which by their very utterance tend to incite to an immediate breach of the peace (that is to say, words which as a matter of common knowledge and under ordinary circumstances will, when used to or of another person in such other person's presence, naturally tend to provoke violent resentment, commonly called "fighting words"); or
- without provocation, uses obscene and vulgar or profane language in the presence of or by telephone to a person under the age of 14 years which threatens an immediate breach of the peace.
Unfortunately, disorderly conduct is more of a “catch-all” offense. There are countless behaviors that could be considered disorderly conduct and that is why it is critical for you to hire an experienced Disorderly Conduct Attorney in Georgia to defend you. Our lawyers can help challenge the legitimacy of a disorderly conduct charge and also fight the DUI if the disorderly conduct charge serve as the underlying basis for the DUI charge.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor charge but even as a misdemeanor it can affect your life in important ways. If convicted of disorderly conduct, you face the following penalties.
- A maximum sentence of up to 12 months (one year) in jail.
- A maximum fine of up to $1,000.
In addition to fines and jail time, other customary consequences include community service, probation, or completion of an alcohol or drug class. However, to avoid these consequences, contact our Georgia Disorderly Conduct Lawyers today.
Contact a Disorderly Conduct Lawyer in Georgia Today
If you or a loved one have been arrested for disorderly conduct with or without a DUI charge you could face jail time, heft fines, and the risk of losing your driver's license. An experienced Georgia Disorderly Charge Attorney will challenge your charges to protect you, your freedom, and your future. Call us today for a free case evaluation.