DuPage County Disorderly Conduct Attorneys
Proven Disturbing the Peace Defense Lawyers
If you are arrested for disorderly conduct or another assault and battery crime, the consequences can have a significant impact on your future. A conviction of disorderly conduct (also referred to as “disturbing the peace” or “breach of the peace”) will result in a criminal record, loss of freedom and substantial fines. While many people presume that a misdemeanor conviction is not serious, it can impact future employment opportunities, promotions, higher education opportunities, rental housing options and immigration status.
At Ramsell & Associates, LLC, our DuPage County criminal defense attorneys recognize that many people find the criminal justice system complex and overwhelming. We zealously defend the rights of our clients while demystifying the process. Our law firm provides the benefit of 30 years of extensive experience in the courtroom advocating for our clients’ rights and reputation. Our founding lawyer Donald Ramsell has been ranked as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” by Chicago Magazine and an “Illinois Leading Lawyer in Criminal-DUI Defense” and an “Illinois Leading Lawyer in Illinois Criminal Appeals.”
Understanding Disorderly Conduct Charges in Illinois
Under Illinois law, disorderly conduct encompasses a range of conduct that reasonably disturbs or alarms another person. Examples of conduct that can constitute an offense include the following:
- False bomb warnings;
- False requests for police assistance;
- Bogus fire alarms; and
- Peeping on people in a restroom or their home.
There also are similar related offenses that might be charged, such as public intoxication or unlawful assembly. Unlawful assembly involves participating in or inciting disorderly conduct with at least eleven other people or at least 29 other people. A person also can be charged with this offense for refusing to comply with a demand by law enforcement to disburse.
What Are the Penalties for Disorderly Conduct?
If you are charged with disorderly conduct, the penalty will depend on the nature and extent of the behavior. Depending on the specific facts and circumstances, the penalties may include up to thirty days in jail and/or a $1,500 fine or as much as ten years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. The penalties increase if you have prior convictions.
Our DuPage criminal defense attorneys are committed to tenacious defense of our clients’ constitutional rights and liberty. We invite you to call us today at 630-256-8001 or to send us an email to schedule your free consultation in our conveniently located office in Naperville. Ramsell & Associates, LLC also has offices in Wheaton and in St. Charles or Rolling Meadows by appointment.