Disorderly Conduct

In Florida, the general crime of Disorderly Conduct or “Breach of Peace” is governed by Statute 877.03, Florida Statutes.  This statute lays out the elements of the crime of Breach of Peace or Disorderly Conduct and the range of penalties for violation of the statute.  

The crime of disorderly conduct is broadly defined and can be committed in various ways.  The Statute reads that a person has committed the crime of disorderly conduct by “corrupting the public morals,” or “outraging the sense of public decency,” or affecting the “peace and quiet of persons who may witness them,” or “engaging in brawling or fighting” or “engages in such conduct as to constitute a “breach of the peace.”  

As can be seen, this is a very subjective standard.  Almost any conduct can affect the peace and quiet of other people.  This is why if you are accused or charged with disorderly conduct, you should contact one of our experienced attorneys immediately.  Disorderly conduct is a second degree misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation, and/or a $500 fine. The case can also include various court costs making the entire incident very costly.