Disorderly conduct laws differ significantly among states and municipalities, and the type of conduct covered by these laws and ordinances is quite broad.
Disorderly conduct (sometimes also called “disturbing the peace,” or “breach of the peace”) is usually categorized as any behavior that is likely to cause other people alarm, anger, annoyance, or an increased likelihood to engage in unlawful activity.To learn more about disorderly conduct in general, see Disorderly Conduct Laws and Penalties.
Disorderly Conduct in Indiana
Indiana includes several unlawful behaviors within its disorderly conduct statutes (although other charges, such as for public intoxication, may also apply).
To learn more about public intoxication and drunk in public crimes in each state, see Public Intoxication Laws and Penalties, and click the link to your state in the section entitled, “Public Intoxication Laws by State.”
In Indiana, you may be arrested for disorderly conduct if you make unreasonable noise and continue to do so after being asked to stop; if you fight or act “tumultuously” in public; or if you disrupt a lawful public assembly. For example, you may be arrested for disorderly conduct for yelling loudly as you stroll down the sidewalk of a residential area, and refusing to stop when neighbors ask you to quiet down. Similarly, engaging in a brawl outside of your neighborhood bar is grounds for being charged with disorderly conduct (although, as mentioned above, other laws such as for being drunk in public, may also apply).
And engaging in disorderly conduct in specific places, such as a secure airport area or during a funeral, burial, or memorial service incurs harsher penalties, as described below.
(In. Ann. Code § 35-45-1-3.)
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct
In Indiana, disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both.
However, disorderly conduct in a secure area of an airport or at a funeral (or related event) is a Class D felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, at least six months in jail (and up to three years in prison), or both.
Getting Legal Advice
Even though the crime itself may not seem serious, disorderly conduct may incur big fines and a long jail (or prison) term. If you have questions about your situation, you should speak with a experienced local criminal defense lawyer.
Always consult an experienced Indiana criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with a crime, have been approached by the police as a target of an investigation, or need legal advice. Only an attorney who has dealt with local law enforcement and prosecutors can give you legal advice about your case.