Facing any kind of criminal charges is intimidating. At Allison & Mosby-Scott, we are here to help protect your rights and in the event you need to go to trial, we will thoroughly investigate all of the charges against you. Whether your arrest occurred in Bloomington Illinois or Normal Illinois or anywhere else in Central Illinois, we are here to help. It is important that you understand the severity of what are seemingly minor charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Charges of disorderly conduct arise when a person “Does any act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace.” Under Illinois statutes, the charges are deliberately vague and often left up to law enforcement to interpret. Someone who is drinking publicly and making a lot of noise may be charged with both public intoxication and disorderly conduct; someone who is believed to be “peeking” into someone’s windows may also be charged with disorderly conduct. In nearly all cases, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor but there are a few exceptions including:
- Class 3 felony – a person who calls in a fake bomb or falsifies a report of poison gas or other contaminants may be charged with a felony. The result could be as much as five years in the Illinois prison system and will result in fines of upwards of $10,000
- Class 4 felony – a false fire alarm is punishable by up to three years in prison and fines of $25,000; this also holds true for filing a false police report
When a law enforcement officer attempts to arrest you for any charge, you are required, by law to obey their instructions. Any form of resistance including not holding still for handcuffs, attempting to strike the officer or fleeing may be charged under resisting arrest statutes. Oftentimes, these charges are filed in conjunction with other crimes such as DUI or disorderly conduct.
In many cases, resisting arrest charges are difficult to defend against because the prosecution will use a whole host of evidence against you. At a minimum, a guilty charge will result in at least two days in prison, or 100 hours of community service. If you are found guilty, a conviction can impact you for your entire life. If you are facing these charges, it is imperative you have competent legal assistance from Illinois disorderly conduct attorneys. Resisting arrest charges are not eligible for expungment and will thus remain on your criminal record forever.
Contact us today if you are facing disorderly conduct or resisting arrest charges in Illinois. We are proud to be serving McLean County, Livingston County, Logan County, Ford County, DeWitt County, Peoria County, Woodford County, Tazewell County, and all other areas of Central Illinois. These charges can be very serious and if you are found guilty, they can never be removed from your permanent record. Don’t take any chances, even if you feel the charges are unsubstantiated, call us immediately.