Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense that is defined in Texas Penal Code Section 42.01 that prohibits offensive gestures, language that incites a breach of peace, unreasonable odors, threats, fights, noises, and other offensive activities.

Other common examples of disorderly conduct include: exposing your genitals or anus in a reckless manner disregarding anyone who may see you, or peeking into someone else’s private residence, hotel, restroom or shower stall designed for privacy.

What is the punishment for disorderly conduct in Texas?

A disorderly conduct charge is generally a Class C misdemeanor.

However, two disorderly conduct charges are Class B misdemeanors in Texas. They both involve firearms. Discharging a firearm in a public place or across a public road can land you in jail for up to six months and up to a $10,000 fine.

There is an affirmative defense to threatening a person if the accused had significant provocation for the threat. There are affirmative defenses for individuals charged with discharging a firearm if the firearm was discharged out of a reasonable fear of bodily injury by a wild animal.

Should you hire a criminal defense firm or a ticket attorney?

While we generally leave Class C matters to “ticket attorneys,” every year we handle a handful of Class C charges when the charge is from the Tarrant-Dallas area, and the recipient of the citation is a professional or university student who is interested in not only the outcome of the citation but also in a future expunction.

There are three ways to avoid a conviction for a Class C citation in Texas. Our first goal is to resolve the ticket through a dismissal, acquittal, or in another fashion that makes the citation expunction-eligible. We also talk to our clients about their expunction possibilities and how quickly they can get an expunction. This varies based on jurisdiction.

Seek the Services of a Fort Worth Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Were you arrested for reckless public behavior? Call a hardworking disorderly conduct lawyer in Fort Worth for help assessing your legal rights and options.