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Disorderly Conduct in Ohio

Disorderly conduct is classified as an offense against the public peace, meaning that the defendant’s conduct caused some type of disruption, nuisance, or annoyance to another. Disorderly conduct in Ohio can be recklessly causing inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm to another by doing any of the following:

(1) Engaging in fighting, in threatening harm to persons or property, or in violent or turbulent behavior;

Disorderly(2) Making unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture, or display or communicating unwarranted and grossly abusive language to any person;

(3) Insulting, taunting, or challenging another, under circumstances in which that conduct is likely to provoke a violent response;

(4) Hindering or preventing the movement of persons on a public street, road, highway, or right-of-way, or to, from, within, or upon public or private property, so as to interfere with the rights of others, and by any act that serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender;

(5) Creating a condition that is physically offensive to persons or that presents a risk of physical harm to persons or property, by any act that serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender.

Disorderly Conduct While Intoxicated

It is not uncommon to hear that someone was charged with a disorderly conduct after consuming a few too many alcoholic beverages. Ohio also has specific actions that can lead to a disorderly conduct while a person is intoxicated. Under the Ohio Revised Code, a person can also be charged with a disorderly conduct while intoxicated if:

1) In a public place or in the presence of two or more persons, engage in conduct likely to be offensive or to cause inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm to persons of ordinary sensibilities, which conduct the offender, if the offender were not intoxicated, should know is likely to have that effect on others; or

(2) Engage in conduct or create a condition that presents a risk of physical harm to the offender or another, or to the property of another.

Penalties for Disorderly Conduct

Typically, a disorderly conduct is a minor misdemeanor. The penalty for a minor misdemeanor is a fine of up to $150. If a person is charged with a persistent disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, the penalties include a maximum of 30 days in jail and up to a $250 fine along with all other available penalties the Court deems appropriate such as probation and community service.

If you have been charged with a disorderly conduct, contact a licensed Ohio attorney to discuss your case as a criminal conviction can have serious affects on many aspects of life.