DO YOU FACE DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGES IN WASHINGTON?
Washington Disorderly Conduct Attorney Michael Harbeson Can Help!
Disorderly conduct criminalizes actions such as: saying offensive things in order to cause a violent reaction, protesting at funerals, rioting, and falsely reporting a fire. From a policy perspective, these actions are believed to unreasonably disturb the peace of the community. Disorderly conduct laws are subjective in their wording and how they are applied in real world situations.
One may believe that Washington's state law against disorderly conduct infringe on their federal constitutional rights to free speech under the First Amendment. Generally, these challenges have not been successful when argued.
What Is Disorderly Conduct in Washington State ?
In the State of Washington, disorderly conduct can occur in a number of different ways. Although there may be other forms of disorderly conduct, below are the ways disorderly conduct normally occurs.
A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if the person:
- Uses abusive language and thereby intentionally creates a risk of assault.
- Intentionally disrupts any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority.
- Intentionally obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic without lawful authority.
- Falsely report an emergency knowing that the report is likely to result in an evacuation or cause public inconvenience or alarm.
- Fail to disperse when ordered to do so by law enforcement or another public official.
- Certain methods of funeral picketing.
Regardless of the degree charged the goal remains the same. We will help you avoid the conviction for the criminal charge, but perhaps more importantly, keep you out of jail.
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