Harwood Heights Disorderly Conduct Defense Attorneys
Criminal Defense Lawyers Offer Affordable Legal Advice to Clients in Harwood Heights, IL
There are an increasing number of arrests for disorderly conduct in Harwood Heights each year. These offenses can easily escalate if not handled aggressively by an experienced attorney. If you are charged with disorderly conduct, the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. can help. Our attorneys serve disorderly conduct clients in Harwood Heights and throughout the Chicago area.
Disorderly Conduct in the Illinois Code
According to Illinois law, a person commits disorderly conduct when he or she knowingly commits any act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace. Disorderly conduct charges might result from such offenses as:
- Public drunkenness
- Violent or tumultuous behavior
- Using obscene language or gestures
- Making unreasonable noise or loud threats
- Conducting raucous parties
False Reporting in Disorderly Conduct Offenses
Causing danger to the public through false reports to public service agencies are considered very serious disorderly conduct offenses, especially making reports:
- To the fire department
- Of a bomb or chemical, or radioactive substance threat
- Of destruction of a school building or school property
- Of a threat of violence at a school
- To any peace officer, public officer or public employee
- To any public safety agency
- To the number "911"
- To the Department of Children and Family Services
- To the Department of Public Health
- Of victims of violence and abuse
- Requesting services to the police department, fire department, ambulance service
Disorderly conduct can be charged also if a person trespasses on the property of another for lewd or unlawful window peeping. The disorderly code is applied as well to person acting as a collection agent or as an employee of a collection agency and harassing or intimidating an alleged debtor.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct Charges in Harwood Heights, IL
Sentences for disorderly conduct crimes, which are generally misdemeanors except for felony charges in the case of bomb threats and threats on school property, carry penalties ranging from $3,000 to a maximum of $10,000 fines. If given supervision, the court could order the performance of community service for not less than 30 and not more than 120 hours. Aggravating factors, such as repeated offenses and a combination of criminal offenses, could lead to incarceration. Some offenders may also have to reimburse the government for costs of pursuing false alarms to a police officer, a firefighter, a State Fire Marshal employee, or an ambulance.
If you are charged with disorderly conduct or any other criminal offense in Harwood Heights or anywhere in the Chicago area, contact the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. right away. The risk of high fines and jail time is very real. We have three convenient offices locations in the Chicago area and handle cases in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties. Call us for your free initial consultation.