Disorderly Conduct

A common criminal misdemeanor charge in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and St. Clair Counties is known as “disorderly conduct”, The law can be found at MCL 750.167. The offense of disorderly conduct covers various conduct which are deemed to frustrate public tranquility and peace. In Michigan, disorderly conduct is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or $100 fine, for the following conduct:

  • A person who refuses or neglects to support his or her family
  • A common prostitute
  • A window peeper
  • A person who engages in an illegal occupation
  • A person who is intoxicated in a public place and who is either endangering the safety of another person or property, or is acting in a manner that causes a public disturbance
  • A person who is engaged in indecent conduct in a public place
  • A vagrant
  • A person found begging in a public place
  • A person found loitering in a house of ill fame or prostitution or lewdness is practiced, encouraged or allowed
  • A person who knowingly loiters in or about a place where an illegal occupation or business is conducted
  • A person who loiters in or about a police station, hospital, court building or other public building or place for the purpose of soliciting employment of legal services or the services of sureties
  • A person who is found jostling or roughly crowding people unnecessarily in a public place
  • A person who is intoxicated while hunting with a firearm or other weapon
Dismissals are possible without trial under certain circumstances

Our goal is to avoid a conviction whenever possible.

Sometimes, a disorderly conduct charge is vaguely based upon a police officer’s slanted perspective. We are on the look-out for inappropriate charges which unfairly punish a person who is lawfully in a public place and is unfairly charged with disorderly conduct.

A client charged with disorderly conduct may want a trial while others may want to resolve the case diplomatically and avoid being exposed to embarrassing details at trial. In most situations, we are able to negotiate a disposition to have the offense dismissed pursuant to a delayed sentence or plea which is vacated after a period of probation.

We defend persons charged with disorderly conduct in the Metro Detroit districts courts including Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, New Baltimore, Roseville, Romeo, Royal Oak and St. Clair Shores. The City of Detroit uses its own ordinance to prosecute soliciting a prostitute and will seize the motor vehicle of the offender! A buy-back of the vehicle is usually around $1,000.00.

Please make an appointment at our Clinton Township office for a free consultation if you are charged with any misdemeanor or felony criminal offense including disorderly conduct. We will look at all of the facts and circumstances and make practical recommendations.