Disorderly conduct in Michigan is a misdemeanor that can be charged for a wide variety of different actions. A person may be charged with disorderly for any of the following things:
- Refusing or neglecting to support their family when they have the means to do so
- Being a prostitute
- Peeping in windows
- Engaging in an illegal occupation or business
- Being intoxicated in public and endangering the safety of people or property or causing a public disturbance.
- Engaging in indecent or obscene conduct in public.
- Being a vagrant.
- Loitering in a place where prostitution takes place.
- Knowingly loitering where illegal occupations or businesses take place.
- Loitering in public places such as police stations, jails, or hospitals for the purpose of soliciting legal services or bail bond services.
- Jostling or roughly crowding people unnecessarily in public.
A conviction for a first offense disorderly conduct is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $100.00, or both.
A versatile offense
Because disorderly conduct encompasses so many different types of conduct, disorderly conduct is often used as a “catch-all” offense when an arrest needs to be justified. Disorderly conduct can easily be included with other charges, or it can be charged on its own. As a result, a charge of disorderly conduct is very common. The prosecution often offers a disorderly conduct charge in exchange for a plea bargain in cases involving other offenses.
Perhaps because it is so common, many people do not take a disorderly conduct charge as seriously as they should. A conviction for disorderly conduct is a still a criminal conviction. It could result in jail time and it will remain on your record like any other criminal charge.
We can help
Because disorderly conduct is so commonly charged and so subjectively applied, it is imperative that you have an experienced, knowledgeable attorney defend you. If you have been accused of disorderly conduct, on its own or in conjunction with other crimes, call us at 616-773-2945 to discuss your options.