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There Is A Penalty For Disorderly Conduct In Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor. Punishment for disorderly conduct includes up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly conduct charges are defined under the penal code in Wisconsin State Statute 947.01. A  Disorderly conduct charge is often viewed as a “catch-all” charge for behavior, requiring only that one engaged in conduct that caused a disturbance by being unreasonably:

  • Loud
  • Violent
  • Abusive
  • Obscene
  • Boisterous
  • Or otherwise disorderly

Wisconsin’s disorderly conduct statute is broadly written and gives police officers a lot of room for interpretation. It’s up to the particular officer on the scene to determine whether or not behavior should be defined as disorderly. If they do believe disorderly conduct is occurring, police have the authority to make an arrest or issue a citation in any public or private place (this includes your own home).

Other Elements of Disorderly Conduct Charges

A disorderly conduct ordinance violation in Wisconsin does have an intent element, meaning that a person can commit disorderly conduct without intending to do so. 

Disorderly conduct while armed can also be charged with a “domestic” enhancer, which can increase the potential court costs associated with a conviction as well as potentially restrict firearm rights under federal law.

In addition, disorderly conduct law in Wisconsin applies to phone calls, and internet use. Any disorderly conduct committed via telephone or over the internet (such as on Facebook) can result in penalties.

Contact A Disorderly Conduct Lawyer Today

If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct and are facing fines or jail time, a criminal defense attorney can help explain your options and defend your rights. Our criminal lawyers offer a free 30-minute initial case review. Give us a call today at 608-471-5003 or send us an email.