Examples of Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin

Examples of Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

Under Wisconsin law, disorderly conduct is a very broad term – and the consequences of a conviction can be pretty serious (and they’ll stay on your record forever unless you petition the court to remove them). It covers any behavior in public or in private that’s likely to provoke a disturbance, such as behaviors that are:

  • Violent
  • Abusive
  • Indecent
  • Profane
  • Boisterous
  • Unreasonably loud
  • Otherwise disorderly conduct

Just from that list, you can see that the police can arrest you for disorderly conduct when you’re doing just about anything but walking quietly down the street. If you’re convicted, you’re looking at a Class B misdemeanor – and that’s punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

3 Examples of Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin

Still not sure what constitutes this type of crime? Check out these three examples of disorderly conduct.

#1. Participating in a disruptive protest

The state can charge you with disorderly conduct if you’re part of a disruptive protest. For example, if the protest you’re participating in devolves from a peaceable assembly into one that involves fighting, profane verbal altercations (with the police or with others), or destruction of property, you can be arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, and possibly convicted.

#2. Public intoxication

It’s not uncommon for people to drink at a bar in downtown Milwaukee, walk to another bar, drink more, and hit the streets again. However, when public intoxication is obvious (such as when other people see you staggering, being loud or obnoxious, or urinating in public), the police can arrest you and charge you with disorderly conduct.

#3. Yelling, screaming or verbally assaulting others

In a recent Michigan protest, a man was alleged to have screamed in a police officer’s face. In some instances, that’s enough to get someone arrested for disorderly conduct (the police did not arrest that man).

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About These Examples of Disorderly Conduct or Your Own Charges?

If you’ve been accused of disorderly conduct, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 to schedule your free consultation with a Milwaukee disorderly conduct attorney today.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-17T11:49:22-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Examples of Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin

What Are the Differences Between Assault and Battery in Wisconsin?

Differences Between Assault and Battery - Wisconsin Assault and Battery Lawyers

By Carlos Gamino

The words assault and battery are often used together, and sometimes they’re used interchangeably—but under Wisconsin law, they’re two very different crimes. Each carries its own set of penalties, as well, and the courts can find someone guilty of both assault and battery stemming from the same incident. Either way, it’s probably in your best interest to call a Wisconsin assault and battery lawyer as soon as possible.

What is Assault in Wisconsin?

Assault typically refers to an action that one person takes that causes another person to fear bodily injury. If you threaten to punch someone, lunge at someone as if you’re going to punch him or her, or take another action of that type, you could be found guilty of assault in a Wisconsin (including Milwaukee or Waukesha) courtroom. The court can find you guilty of assault even if you never actually committed the crime of battery to follow up on the assault.

What is Battery in Wisconsin?

Battery is the act of intentionally causing injury to another person. You can be found guilty of battery without assault, and depending on the victim and the severity of the victim’s injuries, you could be looking at a misdemeanor or felony.

Battery is a felony when it causes substantial or great bodily harm, or when the victim falls into a certain category of people.

What is Substantial Bodily Harm?

Substantial bodily harm, which turns a misdemeanor battery charge into a felony, can include:

  • Cuts that require stitches, staples, or tissue adhesive
  • Bone fractures, including broken noses
  • Loss of teeth or fractures of teeth
  • Burns
  • Ruptured blood vessels
  • Concussion or temporary loss of consciousness, sight, or hearing

What is Great Bodily Harm?

If you intentionally cause great bodily harm to another person, you’re facing a felony. Under state law, great bodily harm is an injury that creates a risk of death or that causes permanent disfigurement. An injury that causes permanent or lasting loss or impairment of any body part is also considered great bodily harm.

Do You Need to Talk to a Wisconsin Lawyer About Assault and Battery Charges?

Whether you’ve been accused of assault, battery, or both, you may benefit from talking to a Wisconsin assault and battery lawyer. Call us immediately at 414-383-6700 for your free assault and battery case evaluation.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-25T13:48:15-05:00November 24th, 2019|Criminal Law|Comments Off on What Are the Differences Between Assault and Battery in Wisconsin?


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