Minnesota law defines Disorderly Conduct as taking any action, in a public or private place, when you know or should know that it could tend to alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace. Generally, conduct such as public drunkenness, disturbing the peace, loitering in certain areas, fighting/physical altercations, obstructing traffic, using obscene or abusive language and/or loud or unreasonable noise is labeled as disorderly.

As you can see – almost anything that you do could be labeled “disorderly.” Yell at someone on the street – that’s disorderly. Have an outburst in the mall you’re being disorderly. Complain too aggressively about the overly broad definition of “Disorderly Conduct” – and you could be charged with Disorderly Conduct.


Although this crime is classified as only a Misdemeanor, and the maximum sentence a judge could impose cannot exceed 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000, the ramifications of such a conviction could be far reaching. Disorderly Conduct in the workplace may be grounds for termination. And a conviction for this offense will most likely show up on a background check.

If you’re charged with Disorderly Conduct, and you want to protect your liberty, your pocketbook, your reputation, and your livelihood, you should strongly consider speaking to an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer.

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I represent individuals accused of Disorderly Conduct – in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. If you’ve been charged with a crime, don’t wait. Call me today at 612.234.1165 or fill out the form below. Then, we’ll take the time to discuss your case and determine how I can help to defend your rights and fight for you in court – all at a cost that won’t break the bank.

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