Perhaps you were at a Birmingham bar when a fight broke out, the police were called, and you were charged with disorderly conduct or public intoxication. Or, perhaps you were charged with a criminal offense when one of your neighbors complained about being disturbed by overly loud music coming from your car or a noisy party at your house.
At the Alabama law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., we provide fearless and experienced legal representation to clients in Birmingham and throughout the surrounding areas who have been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.
Our lawyers have decades of experience with all types of criminal defense matters and have won nationwide recognition and honors. Nevertheless, we treat even the simplest case with the same degree of concern and skill as we do the most complex case. No issue is too small for our attention.
What Is Considered 'Disorderly Conduct' In Alabama?
According to Alabama Code § 13A-11-7, disorderly conduct is a class C misdemeanor, which may result in up to three months in jail or a $500 fine. A person may be charged with this offense if he or she has the "intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm" or recklessly creates a risk of such by any of the following actions:
- Fighting or participating in tumultuous, threatening or violent behavior
- Making an unreasonable amount of noise
- Making obscene gestures or using abusive or obscene language in public
- Unlawfully disturbing people meeting together in a lawful assembly
- Obstructing traffic, including pedestrian traffic and motor vehicle traffic
- Refusing to comply with lawful police orders to disperse when part of a group in a public place
Public Intoxication In Alabama
According to Alabama Code § 13A-11-10, a person may be charged with the offense of public intoxication if he or she "appears in a public place under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other drug to the degree that he endangers himself or another person or property" or if his or her "boisterous and offensive conduct annoys another person in his vicinity."
If you are convicted of this violation, you will be required to pay between $100 and $1,000 in fines and may face jail time.
Facing Public Intoxication Or Disorderly Conduct Charges In Jefferson County?
The attorneys of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., are here to represent you with aggressive professionalism and skill if you have been accused of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, indecent exposure or any other misdemeanor crime in Alabama. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling us locally at 205-545-8327 or toll free at 877-717-3958, or contact us online today.