Disorderly conduct is defined under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code as a person who had the “intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk, they:
Engage in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;
Make unreasonable noise;
Use obscene language, or make an obscene gesture; or
Create a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any action which serves no legitimate purpose.”
Examples of disorderly conduct include having a loud party at your home, fighting in a public place, or yelling obscenities. It is also frequently charged against those who urinate in public.
Being charged with disorderly conduct in the State of Pennsylvania is typically a summary offense, but in some circumstances can be classified as a misdemeanor depending on the severity of the behavior.
Any charge of Disorderly Conduct should be fought because even a summary conviction will be on your criminal history and not expungeable for five years.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct as a summary offense, if convicted:
- $300 fine
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Expungeable after 5 years
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct as a misdemeanor, if convicted:
- $300 fine
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Not expungeable; would require a Pardon to erase from criminal history
If you are a minor (under the age of 18) and convicted of disorderly conduct, you will face the following penalties:
- A fine of up to $300, plus approximately $120 in administrative costs
- Up to 90 days in jail (it’s extremely rare to get jail time)
- Potentially being able to have the charge expunged
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