A felony is a crime for which a convicted person can be sentenced to one or more years in a state or federal prison. A misdemeanor is any crime that is not a felony. The key word there is "crime" because not all offenses are a crime. A crime is any act that is proscribed by law, that is, written law either makes some act illegal or makes a failure to do some act illegal. [Felony vs. Misdemeanor]
A disorderly conduct charge is a misdemeanor crime. Disorderly conduct charges can include probation, jail, fines, or an infraction. A lesser charge is an ordinance violation.
Misdemeanors are classified; each class of a misdemeanor offense provides for more serious or lesser penalties. A Class B Misdemeanor is punishable by jail time, fines or both. If convicted of a class B misdemeanor crime, a person can be sentenced to jail for up to 90 days, fined up to $1,000.00, or both; additional penalties also exist.
Any person is twice or more convicted of the same offense is subject to a repeat offender penalty enhancer. A repeat offender of a Class B Misdemeanor can be sentenced to two additional years of imprisonment.
In addition to possible jail time of up to 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000.00, during sentencing after a conviction, the Court can impose additional penalties such as probation. If the disorderly conduct act is deemed a violent act, such as for domestic abuse or domestic violence, the Court may restrict or even bar your right to bear arms (firearms, handguns, rifles, shotguns) and hunt.
If you have been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, please call the law offices of Van Wagner & Wood right away.
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