Austin Disorderly Conduct Attorney Jason Trumpler
Disorderly Conduct Attorney in Austin Texas
CONTACT US TODAY AT 512-457-5200
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, the State may charge you 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 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.
- "Firing" a gun in 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 the activities above 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 or life, the law allows you in certain circumstances to display or use a gun for self-defense.
If the State has charged you or someone you know with disorderly conduct, we can help. Jason Trumpler has 20-years of criminal law experience. Our goal is to help you get the best possible outcome in your case. Call us today at 512-457-5200.
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 the State convicts you of a Class C Misdemeanor, you may have to reveal to future employers and landlords that you have previous criminal convictions.
However, if you either discharge a weapon or display one in a manner intended to alarm, the charge may be enhanced to a Class B Misdemeanor. If the State Convicts you 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 State has charged you with the crime of disorderly conduct, the constitution guarantees you the right to a defense. Jason Trumpler will examine the details of your case and find the best argument to obtain the best outcome for you. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200