This year, many South Carolinians celebrated Memorial Day weekend in traditional fashion. There were beach trips, barbecues and picnics—and many of these events served alcohol. Even when you are legally old enough to consume alcohol, you still need to control your behavior if you choose to consume alcohol. When you behave in a way that upsets others around you, the police could be called, and you could be arrested for disorderly conduct.
Drunk and Disorderly
Memorial Day weekend often leads to a spike in the number of disorderly conduct arrests that are made. The reason for this is that two of the three ways to get a disorderly conduct charge involve bad behavior while under the influence of alcohol. You can be charged with disorderly conduct if:
- You are drunk in public and are making a scene (e.g., being loud, annoying or disruptive to those around you)
- You are intoxicated while firing a gun for no justifiable purpose
- You are using obscene or profane language in a public place, or near a school or church
Many people who are charged with disorderly conduct are generally good people who made one bad judgement call while they were consuming alcohol. Maybe they got carried away and things got out of control or they had some bad luck and were caught by law enforcement. Whatever the case may be, if you have been charged with disorderly conduct, it is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
While a disorderly conduct conviction is only a misdemeanor offense, there can be a lot of other negative consequences associated with a conviction. For instance, you could develop a reputation as a troublemaker, you will have a criminal record that will show up in background checks, and your conviction will follow you around for many years.
Contact A Charleston, SC Attorney
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you fight your disorderly conduct charges. Please do not hesitate to contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at McCoy & Stokes LLC today.