Disorderly conduct in Aurora, Colorado involves a wide range of different behaviors. Making unreasonable noise, fighting, or displaying a deadly weapon can all result in an allegation. Time and time again we see people charged with disorderly conduct because law enforcement may have overreacted, inaccurately assessed a situation involving a large crowd, or misunderstood someone defending themselves or another. If you or someone you know is trying to navigate a disorderly conduct accusation in Aurora or anywhere else in Arapahoe, Elbert, or Adams County, our defense attorneys are here to help.
What Leads to Disorderly Conduct Charges in Aurora?
Arapahoe County's disorderly conduct law prohibits many different actions that cause alarm or disturb the peace. CRS 18-9-106 describes these specific elements in further detail. Police will pursue disorderly conduct charges if they believe you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
- made an offensive or coarse gesture or display in public,
- created unreasonable noise in public or near private residences,
- fought with another in public,
- fired or displayed a deadly weapon in public,
- or represented verbally or otherwise in public that you were armed in way to alarm others
It is important to note that a disorderly conduct charge can come from either municipal court or county court. Whether you're being accused of using foul language in public, showing a gun, or fighting, contacting a disorderly conduct lawyer early on is essential.
How Bad is Disorderly Conduct in Aurora?
Each and every disorderly conduct case is unique. Penalties for a conviction won't always be the same. Depending on the details of your case and the involvement of a firearm, this charge can range from a petty offense up to a class 1 misdemeanor. Possible consequences include:
- a jail sentence of up to 12 months,
- a maximum fine of $1,000
Offenses involving a firearm or public fights tend to fall on the higher range of these sentencing possibilities, whereas excessive noise and offensive language in public are typically lighter.
Aurora Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
If you're facing a disorderly conduct charge in Aurora, you need a defense attorney with experience in both Arapahoe County Court and Aurora Municipal Court. Just because you've been charged with disorderly conduct doesn't mean you're guilty. Perhaps you were exercising your 1st Amendment rights, you were acting in self-defense, or police got the wrong person in a crowd. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. Our skilled criminal lawyers will carefully analyze your unique case, as well as suggest next steps. Our affordable fees and flexible payment plans make determined representation a reality for those accused throughout Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County.
Talk to us about disorderly conduct charges - not the police. 303-830-0880
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