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What are the penalties for disorderly conduct?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2023 | criminal defense |

Disorderly conduct is the leading reason for police calls in Ocean City, Maryland in the summer when tourists and Marylanders flock to the seaside town to spend time at the beach.

Disorderly conduct can be a bit of a vague charge. Some say that Maryland law enforcement uses it as a “catch-all” for public disturbances. In general, an Ocean City, Maryland disorderly conduct charge stems from any behavior that disturbs the peace, endangers public safety or disrupts public order.

Common examples of disorderly conduct include:

  • Public intoxication
  • Public fighting
  • Bar fights
  • Engaging in excessively loud or disruptive behavior

Actual behavior that has resulted in disorderly conduct charges include:

  • A young man in Ocean City was found guilty of disorderly conduct and sentenced to 30 days in jail after he allegedly incited a large crowd to gather.
  • Two men entered an Ocean City restaurant when the pandemic-related requirement of wearing a mask was in force and left after being asked by the restaurant’s employees to put on masks. The men returned a short time later and confronted the workers, throwing bottles and other items at the employees before running away. One of the men was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

Disorderly conduct is similar to but not the same as disturbing the peace. Maryland has a separate law for the charge of disturbing the peace.

Disorderly conduct penalties

Punishment for disorderly conduct includes:

  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • Fine up to $500
  • Both jail time and a fine

Repeat disorderly conduct convictions, especially if they involve alcohol, can lead to stiffer sanctions.

A Maryland disorderly conduct conviction is classified as a misdemeanor.

What does the prosecutor have to prove in an Ocean City disorderly conduct case?

To obtain a conviction, the prosecutor must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant engaged in disorderly conduct in a public place, acted willfully, and that the behavior negatively impacted others.

An Ocean City disorderly conduct lawyer can help you with your case. If you are charged with disorderly conduct, it is essential to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney familiar with Maryland law and the specific considerations of Ocean City, Maryland. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process, ensure your rights are protected, and potentially negotiate reduced charges or penalties on your behalf.

The attorneys at Maronick Law LLC have experience with Annapolis, Baltimore, Essex, Ocean City, Towson, White Marsh disorderly conduct matters.

Maronick Law LLC is open during the pandemic and continues to meet your legal needs. We can meet with you remotely if you have access to Zoom. You can contact the law office at 410-881-4022 or via our website for a free consultation.



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