Disorderly conduct (also called disturbing the peace) is a misdemeanor that people are regularly charged with in Salisbury, North Carolina. Also, people often face charges for disturbing the peace for conducting sit-ins or other protests. As a result people in Charlotte, North Carolina are also often charged with disorderly conduct due to the amount of protests in Charlotte. Disorderly conduct is a Class 2 Misdemeanor and can land you a fine or even up to 60 days in jail depending on your record. If you’re facing disorderly conduct charges you need a North Carolina criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights.
What Type of Behavior is Disorderly Conduct?
According to North Carolina law, disturbing the peace occurs when a person intentionally does any of the following while in public:
- Engage in fighting or violent conduct, or in conduct creating the threat of imminent violence
- Refuses to vacate public building or facility.
- Disrupts, disturbs, or interferes with a funeral.
- Makes any utterance, action, gesture, etc. intended to invoke violence.
- Takes possession or exercises control of a public building or facility.
- Disrupts, disturbs, or interferes with the teaching of students at public and private educational institutions.
- Engages in conduct which disturbs the peace, order, or discipline on any public school bus or public school activity bus.
- Disrupts, disturbs, or interferes with a religious service.
Finally, aside from the aforementioned conduct, many other types of behaviors may be considered disturbing the peace. In fact, some law enforcement officers treat disorderly conduct as a “catch-all” crime. Some law enforcement officers often charge people with disorderly conduct for simply being annoying. If you choose to hire an attorney from Stowe Law Firm, PLLC we will fight to defend you against warrantless claims and charges. Everyone deserves a fair trial. In addition, we will ensure that the prosecution and law enforcement officers follow the law. Lastly, we make sure the prosecution does not violate your constitutional rights.
Disorderly Conduct Charges while Protesting
Peaceful protest is at the heart of American democracy. Peaceful protest is one of the hallmarks of the First Amendment. Sometimes law enforcement officers violate peaceful protestors’ right to protest. For example though flag burning is offensive to some, it is perfectly legal. This conduct may cause an officer to illegally charge a protestor with disorderly conduct. If you’re facing charges for disorderly conduct as a result of a peaceful protest, we are proud to offer a discount on our legal fees to protect your rights! While protesting always remember that it is legal to film and to record police officers in North Carolina.
What Are the Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in North Carolina?
Disorderly conduct is a Class 2 Misdemeanor. The penalties for disturbing the peace are as follows:
- No priors: 1-30 days.
- 1-4 priors: 1-45 days.
- 5+ priors: 1-60 days.
- Fine: Up to $1,000.
- *Fines are up to the judges discretion.
Finally, if you’re facing charges for disturbing the peace you need to contact Stowe Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation with a Salisbury, North Carolina criminal defense attorney.