ARLINGTON VIRGINIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Disorderly Conduct Class 1 misdemeanor charge was DROPPED. Related Public Intoxication charge resulted in a fine.
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§ 18.2-415. Disorderly conduct in public places.
A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he … In any street, highway, public building, or while in or on a public conveyance, or public place engages in conduct having a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom, individually, such conduct is directed …
ARLINGTON COUNTY DISORDERLY CONDUCT LAW
§ 17-3. Disorderly Conduct.
A. A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with the predominant intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to one (1) or more other persons, or recklessly to create a risk thereof, he engages in conduct, including the utterance or display of any threatening, abusive or insulting language, which, with respect to the person or persons at whom, individually, such conduct or language is directed, has a direct tendency to cause:
1. Acts of violence by such person or persons; or
2. Fear by such person or persons of an unpermitted touching of them or personal injury to them; or
3. Personal injury to such person or persons, or an unpermitted touching of them; or
4. Destruction or defacing of, or injury to the property of such person or persons or the property of others in their control or custody;
while either he or any of such persons are located upon any public property, or upon private property while open to the public, or upon any public conveyance.
B. A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, willfully, or being intoxicated, whether willfully or not, he disrupts any meeting of the Arlington County Board of the Arlington School Board, or of any committee, board or commission appointed in whole or in part by either of them, or of employees of Arlington County or the Arlington School Board, convened to conduct public business, or any meeting of a school, literary society or religious group, if such disruption prevents or interferes with the orderly conduct of such meeting.
C. A person in charge of any such public property, private property while open to the public, public conveyance or meeting may eject therefrom any person whom he has probable cause to believe has committed any such disorderly conduct, with the aid, if necessary, of any persons who may be called upon for such purpose.
D. Any person committing any such disorderly conduct shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor; provided, however, that if such disorderly conduct consists only of the utterance or display of abusive or insulting language in violation of § 17-3.A, such person shall be punished only by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00).
Read more about Disorderly Conduct Law here: Virginia Disorderly Conduct Laws, Penalties, and Defenses for Charges – Va Code 18.2-415
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