Disorderly Conduct in Texas

By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on September 22, 2016

Disorderly Conduct Attorney in Austin Texas
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Disorderly conduct” constitutes a wide array of behaviors and activities that disturb the peace. If a police officer believes you are acting in a way that is incongruent to maintaining a peaceful, orderly society, you may be charged with disorderly conduct. According to the Texas penal code, examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:
Using abusive/profane language in public that by “its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”
Making an offensive gesture in public that “tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”
Creating a noxious and unreasonable odor in public by chemical means (i.e. a “stink bomb”)
Making an unreasonable noise in a public place or a residence you have no right to occupy (gun ranges are exempt).
Fighting with someone in a public place.
Shooting off a gun a public place other than a shooting range.
Displaying a weapon in a public place in a way meant to alarm and frighten others.
Exposing your genitals in a way that is reckless about who might see or be offended by the display.
“Peeping” into either another person’s dwelling or hotel room, or a shower/changing room/bathroom stall that they are using.
There are certain defenses to a disorderly conduct charge. For example, if you are a student under the age of 12 and engage in certain aforementioned activities while at school, you might be exempt from prosecution. Additionally, you do have the right to defend yourself. If you can prove that you were in reasonable fear for your safety and/or life, the law allows you in certain circumstances to display or use a gun for the purpose of self-defense.
If you or someone you know has been charged with disorderly conduct, we can help. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of criminal defense experience. Our goal is to help you get the best possible outcome on your case. Call us today at 512-457-5200.
Potential Consequences
Typically, disorderly conduct is a Class C Misdemeanor. A Class C Misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to $500, and could end up on your permanent record. If you are convicted of a Class C Misdemeanor, you may have to reveal to future employers and landlords that you have previous criminal conviction. 
However, if you either discharge a weapon or display a weapon in a manner intended to alarm, the charge may be enhanced to a Class B Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a class B misdemeanor, you may be required to spend up to 6-months in jail and pay a fine of up to $2,000. 
Contact Us at 512-457-5200
If you have been charged with the crime of disorderly conduct, the constitution guarantees you the right to a defense in a court of law. Jason Trumpler will examine the details of your case and find the best argument in order to obtain the best outcome for you. He currently practices in Central Texas counties including Williamson, Travis, Hays, Coryell, Comal, Burnet, Bell, Lee, and Bastrop. Call our office today at 512-457-5200.

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