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Disorderly Conduct Charges: Madison Criminal Defense Attorney

Disorderly Conduct in Madison

It’s just a ticket, right? Wrong. After an incident involving the police many people see disorderly conduct on their citation, believe it’s a ticket and figure it’s no big deal. However, a disorderly conduct charge in Madison, Fitchburg or anywhere in Dane County can come with serious penalties depending on the circumstances. It might be a ticket, but it can also be a criminal offense that leads to your loss of firearm rights for life.

Disorderly Conduct Definition in Wisconsin

A disorderly conduct charge can be vague and hard to understand where you stand legally. A prosecutor can charge someone with disorderly conduct if their conduct is “violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly” and that conduct as to cause or provoke a disturbance. An experienced Grieve Law Attorney can walk you through the complicated web of disorderly conduct definitions and how they’ll affect your case.

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When is a disorderly citation just a ticket

As a forfeiture violation, a disorderly conduct citation comes with fines only. While many think “just a ticket” is no big deal, these citation swill show up in background checks and have you constantly explaining to employers why it’s there and what it’s for. In many cases, our Grieve Law attorneys can get these citations dismissed.

When is a disorderly citation a criminal charge

Madison disorderly conduct charges

Prosecutors have the discretion to charge your case as criminal or as a forfeiture based on your case’s individual circumstances. As a criminal offense, disorderly conduct is considered a Class B Misdemeanor. This means you can face up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.

Disorderly conduct with a domestic violence enhancer 

An argument with family, roommates or a significant other means a domestic violence enhancer can be added to your disorderly conduct charge. This would jeopardize you right to possess a firearm. The experienced attorneys at Grieve Law work diligently and strategically to retain those firearm rights and help keep your record clean.

A good criminal defense attorney will be able to construct a successful defense to get disorderly conduct and any enhancers reduced or even dismissed.

Contact a Madison criminal defense attorney to evaluate your legal issues with a FREE phone consultation today in order to create the strong defense your case deserves. Grieve Law attorneys are experienced in finding all the important information that sets your case apart from the rest. Madison-area residents and all of Wisconsin trust Tom Grieve of Grieve Law LLC for a strategic defense.

Contact our Madison Disorderly Conduct Attorneys for a FREE consultation.