Attorney For Disorderly Conduct Charleston, SC

Charged with disorderly conduct in Charleston, SC?

Police may charge a person with disorderly conduct for gross intoxication or unruly behavior in a public place. However, there are many other situations where police may charge a person with disorderly conduct. The term “disorderly” applies to a wide range of behaviors in the SC Code of Laws (Section 16-17-530).

What counts as disorderly conduct?

  • Gross intoxication in a public place
  • Boisterous, noisy and mischievous behavior
  • Disorderly and unruly behavior
  • Using profanity in public areas, such as within hearing distance of a school or church
  • Discharging a firearm without good cause, either while intoxicated or pretending to be under the influence

This broad definition allows police officers to use disorderly conduct as a “catch-all” charge to justify making arrests.

A person charged with disorderly conduct needs an attorney who will challenge this arrest.

Keep in mind, being charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty. The State still has to prove its case, and the circumstances surrounding your arrest can impact the outcome of your case. Success in these cases relies upon experienced representation and a proper defense.

A person could face fines or jail time if the State does not drop the case. If this is your first criminal offense, you could end up with a criminal record. A criminal conviction can affect future employment or educational opportunities.

A person charged with Disorderly Conduct needs to:

  • Avoid a criminal record at all costs, which will follow you around for the rest of your life.
  • Keep your job or maintain opportunities for future employment.
  • Maintain your current scholarship or eligibility to obtain future opportunities.

We Represent People Who’ve Been Charged With Disorderly Conduct in Charleston, SC

Our criminal defense attorneys have experience working with clients just like you. We understand the stress and anxiety you’re going through. That’s why we’re ready to challenge the charges brought against you and fight to get you the best possible outcome.

6 reasons to speak with us:

  • We will help you figure out your options.
  • We will determine your best defense.
  • We are familiar with local law enforcement.
  • We know our way around the local courts.
  • We take the time to get to know you and the details of your case.
  • We are available to answer your questions.

Disorderly conduct in Charleston, SC may seem like a minor charge, but a conviction can have a major impact on your life. It’s important to speak to a qualified attorney in Charleston, SC who knows the ropes and can help get your life back on track. Don’t leave your future up to chance.

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Questions about disorderly conduct
charges in Charleston, SC

If your case is dismissed your charges can be expunged. Also, if you or your attorney can secure a referral to Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), you may be eligible for an expungement. Your charge would be expunged if you successfully complete the PTI program.

If you are convicted, you can apply to have your charge expunged after three years if you have no more arrests. This process costs around $300.

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in South Carolina.

The penalties are up to $100 in fines or up to 30 days in jail.

Cursing may not seem like a criminal act, but depending on the circumstances it could count as disorderly conduct.

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits the State from prosecuting you for the use of profanity in public, with one exception: If your profane language could be considered “fighting words,” then you can be prosecuted.

You should never plead guilty without considering all collateral consequences or consulting an attorney.

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