What Is Disorderly Conduct?Written on July 15, 2014
There are times when it’s easy for the police to determine if a crime has been committed. An officer may find evidence at the scene or have a number of witnesses who all tell the same story. In those cases, there is usually clear probable cause for an officer to make an arrest.
There are other times when the evidence isn’t so clear. There are instances when the police are called about a person’s behavior, but may not have a clear reason for making an arrest. There is an offense in the Georgia code that is designed to give law enforcement personnel a reason to take someone into custody in that type of scenario. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor that can be widely interpreted by the police. The law reads:
A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct when such person acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby such person is placed in reasonable fear of the safety of such person’s life, limb or health. The law also covers actions that threaten another’s property and using abrasive words that threaten to immediately breach the peace.
Disorderly conduct leaves a lot of room for a police officer to use his/her judgment. A heated situation or argument between two people can quickly escalate into a disorderly conduct charge. Anything from raising your voice to waving your arms around during a confrontation or discussion could conceivable land you behind bars. The officer may just want to take you to jail based on your actions. If no other offenses apply, disorderly conduct is a common catch-all for police to use.
It’s important to keep this in mind when dealing with others if things get heated. What may seem like blowing off steam to you could very well be threatening to another. If the authorities get involved and you find yourself in handcuffs, remember that you have the right to remain silent. Just because you are arrested doesn’t mean you’re guilty. One of your first calls, if this happens to you, should be to The Silverbach Law Group. We are experienced attorneys, here to help you. We will protect your rights and your innocence. You can reach us at 770-635-0334.