When you are out having a few drinks with friends, you are probably not thinking about being arrested. Unfortunately, when a few drinks become many and you become drunk, you may find yourself arrested and facing charges of disorderly conduct or disorderly intoxication in Orlando. Since there are broad laws regarding taking the harm of drinking and partying to the limit, there are many loopholes between the time law enforcement picks up a defendant, and the time he or she has talked to an attorney.
Disorderly conduct, sometimes called disturbing the peace, is a broad term that covers a variety of offenses that relate to public safety. While the specifics can change from one locale to the next, the definition is usually included in a statute and relates to obscene language, loitering, inciting a crowd or bothering others who are using public transportation. The offender might commit unruly behavior and end up disturbing others. While police sometimes use this crime as a catchall, the violation must be specifically stated according to the laws. In some cases, the offender may have been intoxicated, but that is not always the case.
A number of different crimes might fall under the umbrella of disorderly conduct. Some of these include:
Florida is known as a state of tourism and entertainment with over 60 million visitors coming into the Orlando theme parks and the beaches every year. With this high number of tourists here for fun and a temporary stay, there are certain types of crimes that are associated with this environment, and disorderly intoxication is one of the most common offenses.
The penalty for disorderly intoxication in Orlando is a fine of $500, six months in jail or both. If arrested and convicted three times within 12 months, the drinker would be named a habitual offender and could be committed to a rehab facility by the arresting officer at his/her discretion. The extremely dangerous action of someone who is drunk and disorderly is to go one step further and hit the road driving in that condition.
A person could be charged with disorderly conduct for several reasons. First, he or she might have a legitimate health issue that causes physical problems like seizures. The police may just decide they want to arrest a person who is exercising his or her constitutional rights to assemble peaceably. The accused person might question a law enforcement officer who overstepped his or her legal authority and then face charges of disorderly conduct.
If you have been arrested for disorderly conduct or public intoxication, turn to our knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm. We have more than 60 years of combined experience that we use when evaluating the details of the intoxicated incident and resolve a strategic plan for you.
If you’re facing charges related to drinking, and would like to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orlando regarding your charges, contact The Umansky Law Firm online or call us.
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