Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct is illegal in North Carolina. It is a misdemeanor criminal offense. Disorderly conduct is governed by N.C.G.S. 14-288.4.

You may be charged with disorderly conduct if you:

  • Fight or engage in other conduct creating the threat of fighting or other violence
  • Use any language or gestures that are likely to incite violence or fighting
  • Take possession of any building or facility without specific permission
  • Refuse to leave an establishment after being so ordered
  • Disrupt any class or disturb the operation of a school
  • Block access to a business or prevent normal business operations
  • Disrupt any religious or burial services

A disorderly conduct charge is a Class 2 Misdemeanor and carries up to 60 days in jail.

Both North Carolina and South Carolina have other charges that are similar to disorderly conduct in North Carolina:

  • Resisting arrest or resisting a public officer in North Carolina (click here)
  • Intoxicated and disruptive in North Carolina
  • Resisting arrest in South Carolina (click here)
  • Public intoxication in South Carolina (click here)

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct in North Carolina, it is in your best interest to speak to a criminal defense lawyer right away. Gilles Law has criminal defense attorneys licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina, both at the State and Federal levels.

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