If you’re like many people accused of disorderly conduct, you know that you have a chance to fight your charges in court – but can you really beat a disorderly conduct charge in Wisconsin? Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Beat a Disorderly Conduct Charge in Wisconsin?
Some people successfully beat disorderly conduct charges in Wisconsin. However, you can’t simply stroll into court and say, “I’m not guilty – let me off the hook.” If you want to beat a disorderly conduct charge, you have to give yourself a fighting chance by getting case-specific legal advice. For most people, the best solution is to work with a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney throughout the process.
Is Self-Defense a Defense to Disorderly Conduct Charges?
In some cases, self-defense is a valid defense to disorderly conduct charges. For example, if someone attacks you and you neutralize – or try to neutralize – the threat, you may be able to show the court that you were only defending yourself and that you don’t deserve to be charged with disorderly conduct. (We bring this up because in a fight, the police often charge both parties with disorderly conduct – even the one who was simply defending him- or herself.
What’s the Penalty if You Lose a Disorderly Conduct Case?
If the state ends up charging you with a Class B misdemeanor for disorderly conduct, you’re looking at up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000. The judge in your case doesn’t have to sentence you to the maximum, but you do need to know that it’s possible you’ll spend up to three months in jail and pay hefty fines.
Will Disorderly Conduct Stay On Your Criminal Record Forever?
If you’re convicted of disorderly conduct, it will go on your criminal record. You may later qualify to clear your record (in rare cases), but your conviction will show up on criminal background checks until then. There is no guarantee that you’ll be eligible to clear your record. However, if the state drops its charges against you or you’re found not guilty, you may be able to have your arrest record cleared so that it doesn’t show up on a background check.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Beating Disorderly Conduct Charges in Wisconsin?
There’s never any way to predict how a judge will rule, but we can give you the legal advice and representation you need to get the best possible outcome in your case. Call us at 414-383-6700 to schedule your free consultation now – we’ll be happy to answer your questions and start building a strategy to help you.