Many people have heard the term “disorderly conduct” but aren’t quite sure what it means. In the state of Michigan, disorderly conduct is defined as public behavior that disturbs other people. This can range from sexual offenses to loitering to picketing funerals.
What is considered disorderly conduct in Michigan?
Disorderly conduct includes some sex-related crimes like prostitution or spying on another person when they’re naked. This also includes public nudity, having sex in public and other indecent behavior. Additionally, people who engage in certain illegal businesses might be accused of disorderly conduct.
Disorderly conduct also includes loitering at places like hospitals and police stations as well as soliciting work for legal services. Additionally, disorderly conduct can include being drunk in public and endangering the safety of others. Pushing or crowding people in public is also prohibited.
Michigan also made it illegal to protest at a funeral after the Westboro Baptist Church infamously picketed funerals of military officials. Criminal law states that protestors must stay at least 500 feet away from the funeral. Harassing or threatening the funeral-goers during the ceremony is also illegal. Anyone who breaks this law might receive a large fine and up to four years in prison.
What should an individual do if they’ve broken the law?
An individual who’s been accused of breaking the law may wish to hire an attorney. Criminal charges can range from DUIs to drug crimes, traffic violations, theft, assault, vandalism, sex crimes, disorderly conduct and much more.
An attorney may be able to examine the prosecution’s case and work to protect the rights of their client. They might offer legal counsel to help their client achieve the best possible outcome, whether that means negotiating a plea deal or going to court.