There are quite a lot of actions that can result in disorderly conduct charges in Jefferson County, Colorado. Disturbing the peace in some way or being drunk in public are common instances of disorderly conduct. Sometimes, defendants are completely unaware as to how their behavior could've resulted in this charge. Whether you made too much noise in a quiet neighborhood, fought in public, or displayed a weapon, skilled disorderly conduct defense is a phone call away. Consult an experienced attorney today to fight the charges you're facing.
Lakewood Disorderly Conduct Law
Lakewood's disorderly conduct law prohibits disturbing the peace in certain ways. CRS 18-9-106 defines the many violations in Colorado. You commit disorderly conduct in Lakewood, Arvada, or Golden if, while in public, you:
- offensively swear or flip-off others,
- create especially loud noise near private residences,
- engage in fights with other people,
- display a weapon or mention you're armed to alarm others,
- shoot a firearm
The vagueness of some of these actions is intentionally designed to act as a catch-all. Whether charged in county or municipal court, there are defenses to disorderly conduct that defendants should entertain with a capable criminal defense attorney.
Consequences of Disorderly Conduct in Jefferson County
Each case of disorderly conduct is different. Therefore, the consequences for conviction are as well. Depending on specific acts, this offense ranges from a class 1 petty offense to a class 2 misdemeanor. Conviction can result in:
- up to 12 months in county jail,
- a maximum fine of $1,000
Additionally, the charge can be accompanied by the sentence enhancer domestic violence. If the above acts involve a dispute or altercation with a current or former romantic partner, DV mandatory arrest and especially restrictive protection orders can apply.
Jefferson County Criminal Lawyer
Just because you've been charged with disorderly conduct in Arvada doesn't mean you're guilty. Securing a strategic, experienced criminal lawyer early on can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case. We have decades of combined experience representing clients throughout Colorado and know how to navigate these cases. Perhaps your arrest was after a peaceful protest or you were acting in self-defense. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free consultation. We will carefully look over your disorderly conduct case, as well as recommend next steps.
So, if you or someone you know is facing disorderly conduct charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the determined defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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