In Minnesota, disorderly conduct and other crimes considered “public misconduct offenses” are very broadly defined and open to interpretation. You can easily be charged with one of these offenses and not even be aware that you were breaking the law.
Facing any criminal charge is stressful and if this is your first exposure to the Minnesota criminal courts, you are likely frightened and unsure of what to do. Having an experienced defense attorney on your side in court can be critical to ease some of your stress, as you place your confidence in experienced hands.
There may be a perfectly logical explanation for your behavior on the day in question. You might feel like no one has been interested in your side of things. We are.
Having handled many cases like this in Minnesota criminal courts, we know what you are facing and we know how you feel. We want to help. Call today to discuss your case with a defense lawyer who has fought and beaten disorderly conduct charges before.
Minnesota Disorderly Conduct Laws
Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor under Minnesota law. This offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of $1,000. You may be charged with this crime if you did any of the following in a public place knowing that it will or would tend to alarm, anger, disturb or provoke an assault or “breach of the peace:
1. Engage in fighting;
2. Disturb a lawful assembly or meeting; or
3. Engage in obscene, abusive, offensive, or noisy conduct or in a language tending to reasonably arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.
Ref: Minnesota Statute §609.72
Minnesota Laws – Unlawful Assembly
Another misdemeanor offense, unlawful assembly is also punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines reaching $1,000. If 3 or more people assemble under any of the following circumstances, they can all be charged with this crime:
1. With intent to commit any unlawful act by force;
2. With intent to act in a way that will disturb or threaten the public peace; or
3. Without unlawful purpose but so that they conduct themselves in a disorderly manner which disturbs or threatens the public peace.
Ref: Minnesota Statutes §609.705
Minnesota Terroristic Threats – Laws & Penalties
If you threaten someone you can be charged with this offense, even if you threaten them indirectly. Terroristic is a loaded phrase, but under the law it can apply to any kind of threat of harm to a person. If you threaten violence with the intent to terrorize someone or to cause evacuation of a building or vehicle you can be charged with this felony offense and sentenced to a potential 5 year prison term and fines reaching $10,000.
If you don’t intend to terrorize the person, but act in a way that shows disregard for that possibility you will face a potential sentence of up to 3 years in prison and $3,000 in fines.
Ref: Minnesota Statute §609.713
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There are many offenses that fall under the classification of public misconduct. When you are facing any of these charges, we can help you get the results you deserve in court. Call for a consultation on your case today.