Disorderly Conduct


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Disorderly conduct is an offense that covers a multitude of behaviors. The idea behind the statute is to prohibit disturbing the public peace. According to Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.11, all of the following can be considered disorderly conduct in certain circumstances.

  • Engaging in fighting
  • Threatening harm to persons or property
  • Engaging in violent or turbulent behavior
  • Making unreasonable noise
  • Making an offensively coarse utterance, gesture, or display
  • Communicating unwarranted and grossly abusive language to any person
  • Insulting, taunting, or challenging another under circumstances likely to provoke a violent response
  • Hindering or preventing the movement of persons so as to interfere with the rights of others
  • Creating a condition that is physically offensive to others
  • Creating a condition that presents a risk of physical harm to persons or property
  • Engage in conduct likely to be offensive, cause inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm while voluntarily intoxicated
  • Engage in conduct or create a condition that presents a risk of physical harm to the offender, to another, or to another’s property

Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Ohio

Disorderly conduct is generally classified as a minor misdemeanor and often referred to as DCMM. Minor misdemeanors are punishable by fines, court costs, community service, and restitution where applicable.

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, DCM4, where any of the following apply:

  • The offender persists after reasonable warning or request to stop
  • It is committed in the vicinity of a school
  • It is committed in the presence of a person engaged in their duties at the scene of an emergency
  • It is committed in the presence of any person engaged in their duties in an emergency facility

A misdemeanor of the fourth degree is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $250 fine, court costs, community service, restitution, and treatment.


The Maher Law Firm | Columbus Ohio Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Being charged with disorderly conduct can happen to anyone. It is somewhat of a catch-all offense handed out when an officer feels someone has gone beyond their freedom of speech or expression. If you or a loved one have been charged with disorderly conduct, call The Maher Law Firm at 614-205-2208 for a free consultation with an experienced disorderly conduct lawyer.