When public peace and order are threatened, police will not hesitate to charge those involved with crimes such as Inciting Riot, Loitering, and Disorderly Conduct, all of which are can be found under Article 9 of Colorado's Revised Statutes – Offenses Against Public Peace, Order and Decency. Disorderly Conduct, today's blog topic, has a range of penalties, depending on the person's actions. Ranging from a Petty Offense to a Class 1 Misdemeanor, Disorderly Conduct can be the serious consequences of a temporary lapse in judgment.
Offensive Utterance, Gesture or Display in Arapahoe County
A common type of Disorderly Conduct in Arapahoe County is when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly “makes a coarse and obviously offensive utterance, gesture, or display in a public place and the utterance, gesture, or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace, OR makes unreasonable noise in a public place or near a private residence that he has no right to occupy” (C.R.S. 18-9-106 [a], [c]). This type of offense is “a petty offense; except that, if the offense is committed with intent to disrupt, impair, or interfere with a funeral, or with intent to cause severe emotional distress to a person attending a funeral, it is a class 2 misdemeanor.”
Public Fight Penalty in Douglas County
The second type of Disorderly Conduct is when someone intentionally, knowingly or recklessly “Fights with another in a public place except in an amateur or professional contest of athletic skill”. If a Douglas County Sheriff catches you fighting in a public place, you can be charged with a petty offense.
Jefferson County Charges for Discharging a Firearm in Public
If you are not a police officer, and you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly discharge a firearm “in a public place except when engaged in lawful target practice or hunting or the ritual discharge of blank ammunition cartridges as an attendee at a funeral for a deceased person who was a veteran of the armed forces of the United States”, you will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor for Disorderly Conduct in Jefferson County.
Adams County Lawyer for Displaying a Deadly Weapon
A person commits Disorderly Conduct if he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly “Not being a peace officer, displays a deadly weapon, displays any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon, or represents verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm” (C.R.S. 18-9-106 [f]). This offense is also a class 2 misdemeanor in Adams County.
If you are facing charges for Disorderly Conduct in Colorado, contact an experienced defense attorney from the law firm of Sawyer Legal Group today by calling 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.