Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $500 plus costs. The disorderly conduct statute is quite broad and covers a broad range of behavior that classifies someone as a disorderly person. Most municipalities have local ordinances similar to the state statute. They can be quite vague and can include anything from being loud and boisterous, public intoxication, arguing in public, noise ordinance violation, resisting the police, urinating in public.
The state statute (MCL 750.167) Disorderly Person cites a plethora of categories of behavior that makes someone guilty of being a disorderly person. It includes:
- Refusing to support your family when you have the ability
- Common prostitution
- Window peeper
- Running an illegal occupation or business
- Indecent or obscene conduct in a public place
- Begging in public
- Loitering in a house of ill fame or prostitution or a place where prostitution or lewdness is practiced, encouraged, or allowed
- Knowingly loitering in or about a place where an illegal occupation or business is taking place
- Loitering in a police station, jail, court, or other public building for the purpose of soliciting legal services
- Jostling or roughly crowding people unnecessarily in public
It does not include a mother breastfeeding a child.
Urinating in Public
Urinating in public is generally an offense that falls under disorderly conduct or being a disorderly person under both state statute and local ordinances. It is a crime that carries the possibility of jail, fines, and probation. If the police or prosecutor accuse you of doing it where adults or children may have seen you, they may try to increase the charge to something more serious such as indecent exposure, which could put you on the sex offender registry.
Our firm frequently represents people (mostly college students) at the 54-B district court in East Lansing on this charge. It is important to have an attorney represent you that is familiar with the policies of the prosecutor and judge you will be facing because they have certain criteria they look at when deciding how to resolve this cases and it’s important you have an attorney that knows how to negotiate with prosecutors to get the best possible outcome which is ideally keeping the matter off your record entirely.
Sex Offender Registration
You can be required to register as a sex offender under the sex offender registration act (SORA) if convicted of disorderly conduct. You will be required to register as a sex offender if you are convicted three times of disorderly conduct. That’s why it is important to have a lawyer on your side experienced in defending against disorderly conduct and indecent exposure charges to make sure you don’t have to comply with SORA.
Michigan Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, urinating in public, or indecent exposure contact Austin Legal Services, PLC today to speak to a Michigan disorderly conduct defense lawyer at (517) 614-1983!
Defending charges of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, and urinating in public throughout Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Gratiot, Livingston, Jackson, Kent in the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, St. Johns, Ithaca, Howell, Brighton, Jackson, Grand Rapids.