Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct Charges in Los Angeles

Unlike other California laws, the disorderly conduct statute covers a variety of seemingly unrelated and minor activities. Thousands of people are arrested every year in and around Los Angeles for disorderly conduct, giving rise to the saying that the laws are in effect to allow police officers the right to arrest people who annoy them.  Even though disorderly conduct is charged as a misdemeanor, it still creates a criminal record and should be taken seriously.  Due to how broadly the laws are interpreted, you will want to contact Damian Siwek, a knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at DCS Defense to review the circumstances surrounding your arrest and determine whether any crime has actually been committed.  We have the experience it takes to look at a disorderly conduct charge from every angle and get the charge dismissed if possible; or at least get the charge reduced. Let us help you protect your rights!

The disorderly conduct law is contained in California Penal Code Section §647.  Disorderly conduct is what is called a “catch all” misdemeanor crime that applies to a number of different activities, including:

  • Touching one’s own or another person’s genitals, buttocks or breasts for self-gratification or to annoy the other person, defined as lewd public conduct, for example, a person who grabs his own genitals and makes suggestive comments as people walk past
  • Loitering around a public toilet to engage in a lewd or unlawful act, e.g., a person who waits by the entrance of a men’s room at the LA airport to solicit sex
  • Loitering, i.e., standing or wandering around private property with no lawful purpose
  • Engaging in prostitution, i.e., soliciting or agreeing to engage another in a sexual act in exchange for money
  • Squatting, i.e., living in a building or other place without the owner’s permission
  • Being drunk in public such as under the influence of drugs or alcohol in a public place to the degree that you are a threat to your safety or that of others’ and/or obstructing the public way
  • Window peeping in windows or doors of private structures while loitering, e.g., a “Peeping Tom”
  • Electronic peeping by looking through a hole or other opening in a bedroom, tanning booth, fitting room or any other private place using something other than eyes, e.g., using a camera or binoculars

The penalty in California for a disorderly conduct conviction is up to 180 days of county jail time and/or various fines.  Although it is unlikely that a first offense will result in jail, if the circumstances are serious and/or you are a repeat offender, a conviction can result in considerable jail time and/or community service.

At DCS Defense, we have formidable negotiation skills and can raise all of the reasons why the penalties for your crime should be as minimal as possible.  With our extensive experience in criminal matters, we are often able to focus the prosecutor’s and judge’s attention on our clients’ strengths in order to win a reduction in their sentences, sometimes even poking holes in their cases and getting outright dismissals of all charges.

For aggressive and effective representation against disorderly conduct charges, including a free confidential consultation, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Damian Siwek at DCS Defense.