Disorderly Conduct Under Kentucky Law
Disorderly conduct is a broad term that can be used to describe a wide range of behaviors that are considered to be disruptive or offensive to the public. In Kentucky, disorderly conduct is a crime that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the offense.
What is disorderly conduct?
Under Kentucky law, disorderly conduct is defined as any behavior that:
Causes public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm; or
Creates a risk thereof.
This can include a wide range of behaviors, such as:
Fighting or engaging in violent or threatening behavior;
Making unreasonable noise;
Refusing to obey an official order to disperse;
Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition; or
Disturbing a lawful assembly.
What are the penalties for disorderly conduct?
The penalties for disorderly conduct in Kentucky vary depending on the severity of the offense. A first-degree disorderly conduct charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $500. A second-degree disorderly conduct charge is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.
What if I am charged with disorderly conduct?
If you are charged with disorderly conduct, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand the charges against you and develop a defense strategy. In some cases, it may be possible to have the charges dismissed or reduced.
If you are convicted of disorderly conduct, the conviction will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life. This can have a negative impact on your employment, housing, and other opportunities. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you minimize the impact of a disorderly conduct conviction on your life.
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If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand the charges against you and develop a defense strategy. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.