What one person might call a fun party, the police might call a disturbance. Sometimes the police can get a little too zealous in arresting people for having fun at home. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct in Ft. Lauderdale, you owe it to yourself to receive fair representation.
Under Florida state law, disorderly conduct is generally a second-degree misdemeanor. It is defined as public acts that disregard public morals or standards of decency or those that affect the peace of others. Most common examples include public intoxication, lewd or offensive behavior and/or language, loud music, or public altercations. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct or breaching the peace, you could receive a sentence of up to sixty days in jail and potentially a fine of up to $500.
Don’t go through this trial alone. Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Anthony F. Anise can discuss the specifics of your case with you and help determine if the charge was justified.
These types of cases are subjective, as the term "disorderly conduct" covers a wide range of behavior; the charge was at the discretion of the responding officer, who would then present the charge. In some cases, a supposed act of disorderly conduct is actually justified, such as in moments of self-defense and the expression of one’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
More severe forms of disorderly conduct include an affray or a riot. These types of disorderly conducts carry a higher degree of punishment and are more difficult to fight in court. These charges include:
A first-degree misdemeanor charge when an individual is involved in a public fight or brawl. (870.01)
A third-degree felony in which an individual is involved in, incites, or encourages a riot (disturbance of the peace by a crowd). (870.01)
A second-degree misdemeanor in which an individual meets with two or more people to disturb the peace or commit an unlawful act. (870.02)
Those who are unlawfully assembled (groups of three or more) and intentionally fully or partially demolish or destroy a home, building, ship, or vessel will be found guilty of a third-degree felony. (870.03).
In the beautiful city of Ft. Lauderdale, the nightlife is plenty. From wine bars to waterfront hangouts, the city offers a handful of hotspots to have fun. But one night you may find that you had too much fun–and consequently were charged with disorderly conduct or a "breach of the peace." Even the smallest mark on your record can follow you for a long time. It’s important that you receive the representation of a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who’s experienced with disorderly conduct.
Attorney Anthony Anise has what it takes to defend you against disorderly conduct charges. Do not let a loud party or a police misconception land you a criminal record. Give him a call for your free consultation.
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