What is Disorderly Conduct in Georgia?

What is Disorderly Conduct in Georgia?

In Georgia, almost any socially disruptive or disturbing behavior can be the basis for a disorderly conduct prosecution. There are typically two types of disorderly conduct: misdemeanor disorderly conduct and city ordinance disorderly conduct.

Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge can be a good outcome for someone originally charged with assault, battery, or public drunkenness. Potential employers usually frown upon these types of charges, as they involve violence or substance abuse.

A simple misdemeanor disorderly conduct looks much cleaner on your record, and a good attorney can often convince the prosecution to agree to change the charge.

City Ordinance Disorderly Conduct

A city ordinance violation is often available in municipal courts (such as Pooler, Garden City, or Port Wentworth). The best thing about these is that they are not reported on your criminal record at all. They will often carry stiff fines and community service (or counseling), but it can be well worth it to keep your record completely clean.

The best way to get the prosecution to reduce a charge to a city ordinance violation is to get an experienced attorney very early on in the process.

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