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Had Too Much to Drink in Denver? Disorderly Conduct Charges Can Result

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Jul 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is not difficult for a situation to get out of control when emotions rise and someone has been drinking alcohol. In one case, alcohol was the source of a series of disruptive acts that led to Disorderly Conduct charges for a group of adults. Six adults were charged with Disorderly Conduct as a result of their actions. Some of them were caught flashing people driving by them, while others were caught harassing customers in public places and jumping into traffic. When approached by police, officers determined the adults were all intoxicated. Many of the adults continued flashing motorists passing by them while one police officer waited for backup officers. If these actions occurred in Arapahoe or Adams County, the adults involved could face Disorderly Conduct charges.

What is Disorderly Conduct in Denver?

The definition of Disorderly Conduct, C.R.S. 18-9-106, is:

“A person commits disorderly conduct if her or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

1. 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

2. (Deleted by amendment, L. 2000, p. 708, 39, effective July 1, 2000.)

3. Makes unreasonable noise in a public place or near a private residence that he has no right to occupy; or

4. Fights with another in a public place except in an amateur or professional contest of athletic skill; or

5. Not being a peace officer, discharges a firearm in a public place except when engaged in lawful target practice or hunting; or

6. 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.”

Since the individuals in this news story were caught flashing others and jumping into moving traffic, they were likely disrupting others or disturbing the peace. Disorderly Conduct in Jefferson and Douglas County could range from a Class 2 Petty Offense to a Class 2 or 3 misdemeanor. Anyone convicted of Disorderly Conduct could risk a jail sentence of up to 12 months and/or fines up to $1,000. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to lessen sentences to include probation, a behavior management class or community service.

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Disorderly Conduct Can Happen Anywhere in Denver

Disorderly Conduct can occur anywhere across Colorado. Take a situation of a couple waiting in line to pay for a meal when they begin to get into an argument. The man starts to become verbally aggressive and pulls out a pocket knife thinking that will scare his girlfriend. This could easily result in Disorderly Conduct charges because the man was knowingly displaying a deadly weapon in a public place. However, he may not have been thinking about the consequences—he was just caught up in the heat of the argument. This is often the case for many people who are charged with Disorderly Conduct—emotions get in the way of rationale.

Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Denver? Contact the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers

As stated above, cases of Disorderly Conduct can happen in many different situations. And, they often come with serious charges that require expert attorney help. If contacted by the police, it's crucial to exercise your right to remain silent. The police will try to do everything they can to build their case against you. Instead of talking to the police, consult a dependable criminal defense attorney right away. We fight hard to secure a protected future for our clients and work aggressively to get most if not all charges dismissed. Contact the lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office today for a free initial consultation.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Disorderly Conduct like the adults in this news story, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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