Disorderly conduct and public intoxication are considered minor offenses, which unfortunately leads people to believe they won’t be significantly harmed if they’re convicted. However, if you’re convicted, you’ll have a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record, which is a matter of public record and can be discovered by future employers or landlords when they run a background check. Many occupations may be unavailable to you if you’re convicted of this offense.

A conviction of a misdemeanor of this type also may result in county jail time, community service, protective orders, fines, probation, restitution, counseling and other penalties.

If you have questions about the specifics of your case, I invite you to contact me for a free consultation where we’ll go over the facts of your case and discuss your legal options.