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Disorderly Conduct, Everything You Need to Know


As our city celebrates the Miami Heat’s championship victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the police will be out in force trying to temper all of the celebratory conduct occurring throughout our town. As the night grows long, the number of arrests will go up. The crime police will be making arrests for is disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is a catch-all crime that the police use when people are causing a disturbance that affects other people in the community. 

Let’s say you are roaming the streets of South Beach, screaming at the top of your lungs, “Go Miami Heat” after you’ve had a couple of beers or cocktails. You’re feeling good, but perhaps you are enjoying the evening a little too much. The police stop you for being loud, affecting others, and not listening to their directions. The police tell you to turn it down a notch and you don’t. Suddenly, you’re told to ‘hold out your right hand’ as you’re placed in cuffs and read your Miranda rights. If you’re under arrest you could be taken into custody and charged with a crime—disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor under Florida law and while the penalties are relatively minor, it is still a crime. You do not want to have this on your record.  With the excitement of a hometown victory, it’s easy to go overboard while celebrating. If, for example, you get a little too rowdy, or a little too loud while celebrating the Miami Heat championship you could be arrested for disorderly conduct. If arrested you will either be taken into custody or asked to sign a Promise to Appear. In a month or so you will be notified to appear in court. Before you’re scheduled to appear in court, contact an experienced Miami Criminal Defense Attorney to help you resolve this very manageable charge and ensure that your record stays clean.

– Commentary by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Yale Galanter:

Yale Galanter, a Miami criminal defense lawyer, has over 30 years of experience providing discreet and aggressive legal counseling to both public figures and clients looking for precise and excellent legal defense. Yale Galanter is known for his personal representation and attention to your criminal matter.

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Being charged with a crime is a serious matter with potentially life altering consequences. Your career, your family, your freedom, and your life could all be affected by your possible conviction. Don’t face these charges alone. The Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. are here to help you reduce your charges, or even have them dropped. To contact an experienced criminal defense attorney, call Yale Galanter at (305)576-0244 or (954)524-6600, or visit