Disorderly Conduct Protect Your Future

Westwood Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer

Representing Clients in Norfolk County

As with all criminal cases, the potential implications include infringements on your liberty and, therefore, it is important to treat these cases seriously. Disorderly conduct cases involve many distinct legal issues that may have an effect on the charges. Because the charge involves conduct that is so generalized, there are often many legal issues to analyze.

What Is Considered Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly conduct is a very general term which may include a wide variety of behavior. Basically, it is behavior that disturbs the public tranquility, or alarms or upsets others. Massachusetts Law prohibits conduct that involves the use of force, violence, threats, tumultuous behavior, excessively unreasonable noise, or creating a hazard to public safety or physically offensive condition.

Whatever behavior the government alleges, it must have been reasonably likely to affect the public and either intended to or recklessly created public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm.

Common type of disorderly conduct include:

  • Engaging fighting or threatening.
  • Engaging in violent or tumultuous behavior.
  • Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition which serves no legitimate purpose.

What Happens if I am Charged for Disorderly Conduct?

If you are charged with disorderly conduct, it is advisable not to answer any questions until you consult an attorney. If it does not happen in the presence of the police, you should receive a summons for a Clerk’s Hearing or Magistrate’s Hearing.

What are the Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Massachusetts?

If found guilty of disorderly conduct you may be fined for a first offense or sentenced up to 6 months in the house of correction for a second offense.

What Is the Difference Between Disturbing the Peace vs Disorderly Conduct?

Both crimes are punishable under the same statute, carry the same potential sentence, and are nearly indistinguishable. Generally speaking, disorderly conduct is charged where one’s conduct involves fighting or violent conduct which cause public inconvenience. Disturbing the peace typically involves intentionally causing loud disruptions in which one actually does annoy or disturb at least one person. Disorderly conduct includes reckless behavior whereas actions disturbing the peace must be intended.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Disorderly Conduct Charges?

Yes, you need a lawyer if you are charged with disorderly conduct. While it's not mandatory to have one, facing such charges without legal representation can be daunting and could potentially lead to serious repercussions. A disorderly conduct charge, although seemingly minor, can have long-term effects on your record, impacting your employment opportunities and tarnishing your reputation. A knowledgeable and experienced disorderly conduct defense lawyer can guide you through the legal procedures, protect your rights, and construct a strong defense strategy to mitigate the potential penalties or even have the charges dismissed.

A disorderly conduct defense lawyer can offer the following services:

  • Thorough Case Review: The attorney will thoroughly review the details of your case, identifying any possible weaknesses in the prosecution's arguments.
  • Legal Guidance: They can provide clear and concise legal advice, helping you understand the charges, potential implications, and your legal rights.
  • Court Representation: The attorney will represent you in court, advocating on your behalf and challenging the prosecution's evidence.
  • Plea Negotiations: If they find that the evidence against you is overwhelming, they can negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution to reduce your charges or seek a lighter sentence.
  • Paperwork Management: The attorney can handle all the necessary paperwork, ensuring that all documents are properly filled out and filed on time.
  • Peace of Mind: Lastly, hiring an attorney can provide a sense of security and peace of mind during this stressful period, knowing that a professional is striving to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

What Makes Our Firm Different? 

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  • Local Attorneys

    Our firm consists of local attorneys who have worked in the area for years. Each attorney is familiar with the courts and has a great reputation within the legal field.

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    At EKG, our firm offers a free inital consultation to learn more about your case and to ensure our team is the best fit for you.

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    Our legal team does not back down from a challenge. We fight to ensure that the rights, futures and freedoms of our clients are protected.

  • Proven Track Record

    Our attorneys have successfully helped thousands of clients reach a positive outcome in their cases. We have acheived this by using our experience and expertise to our advantage.

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    We are available 24/7 to best suit the needs of our clients. We pride ourselves on providing each of our clients and their cases with the personal attention and commitment that they deserve.

  • Unparalleled Experience

    Our team consists of a former Supervisor of District Courts, a former Assistant Attorney General, and a former Homicide Prosecutor. Together they have a combined experience of 50 years.

Meet Our Attorneys

At EKG, our attorneys provide aggressive yet client-focused representation. Our goal is to protect your rights while providing you with the service your deserve.

Why Clients Choose to Work With Us

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  • Domestic Assault and Battery Not Guilty
  • Felony Larceny Case Dismissed
  • Forgery, Uttering, Credit Card Fraud, Identity Fraud, Larceny Case Dismissed
  • Identity Fraud, Criminal Harassment, Witness Intimidation Case Dismissed
  • Motor Vehicle Homicide Not Guilty
  • Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI, DUI) Not Guilty
  • Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition Motion to Suppress allowed. Evidence Suppressed
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges Reduced from Felony to Misdemeanor
  • Threats Case Dismissed
  • Violation of a Restraining Order Case Dismissed

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  • We could not have been happier with the firm of EKG.

    “They took their time and clearly explained the legal process and what their approach to the case would be. Needless to say, we hired EKG and could not have been more satisfied with their service.”

    - L.S.
  • Thank you very much EKG!

    “I felt very comfortable with Bill’s approach to the trial. He and the firm’s investigator spent a lot of hard work on the case - going to the scene and taking video and photographs, interviewing witnesses and prepping me for my testimony.”

    - H.S.
  • I am so glad that I hired EKG to handle my case.

    “Attorneys Krippendorf & Eisenstadt were upfront and honest with me about my chances of an acceptable plea deal because of my bad record. I understood this and appreciated them not throwing a bunch of BS my way.”

    - L.O.
  • They made a very bad situation much easier to deal with.

    “I thought I was going to lose everything I had until that first court hearing in probate court. The judge immediately agreed with Ed’s arguments and the next week, Joe had the restraining order dismissed.”

    - K. B.
  • We could not believe how quickly you were able to get our son out of jail.

    “We could not believe how quickly you were able to get our son out of jail and were even more impressed with how you were able to get the case thrown out. He was lucky to have lawyers like you on his side.”

    - J. & B. L.