This year, hundreds of people will be arrested for disorderly conduct in Tampa. Many of those people will, unfortunately, be arrested at one of Tampa's many 2012 Gasparilla events. While the event is usually fun for those in attendance, there are far too many fights, scuffles, and general incidents of disorderly conduct, which is governed under Florida Statute 877.03:
"Whoever commits such acts as are of a nature to corrupt the public morals, or outrage the sense of public decency, or affect the peace and quiet of persons who may witness them, or engages in brawling or fighting, or engages in such conduct as to constitute a breach of the peace or disorderly conduct, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree."
While it is not likely that you would face jail time for a first offense, you could very well see hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines and court costs as well as a criminal record. Additionally, employers and other institutions tend to look down on this crime, as it implies the accused is rowdy and unstable. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you are facing this charge.
At Taracks & Associates we have over 40 years of combined experience fighting charges like this. We have three former prosecutors on staff who know how the state will build a case against you, and what must be done in order to avoid a conviction and other harsh penalties.
If you have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, call us
today at 813-281-2987 for a free consultation. One of our four experienced
criminal defense lawyers would be happy to discuss your case with you
and help you to understand your rights and responsibilities.
Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.