Disorderly conduct -My 1sr offense

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Disorderly conduct -My 1sr offense

Hello I was charged with disorderly conduct
and this is my very first time I’ve ever dealt with
the police so this my first offense..is there a
possibly that I can face jail time if I plead guilty
?

Asked on August 13, 2017 under Criminal Law, Colorado

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In CO, there are 3 ways that you can be charged with disorderly conduct. If it was as a petty offenses (e.g. you made an offensive gesture or utterance, etc.) the offense is punishable by up to a $500 fine and 6 months in jail, although typically it carries no actual jail time. If you were charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor (i.e. fighting in public), that is punishable by $50 fine and up to 6 months in jail, however for a first offense you stand a good chance of no jail time. If you were charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor (i.e. a weapon was involved), that is punishable by 3 months to 1 year in jail and fines from $250 to $1,000. For the this latter offense, jail time is often given, depending upon the circumstances. If you are innocent and you feel that your actions were misinterpreted by the police or if you let a situation get out of hand and showed bad judgment, a criminal defense attorney can possibly get the charged dismissed or at least reduced. The sooner you legal representation the better as they can best minimize the damage. Also, since this is a first offense, you may be eligible for something called "diversion", which would leave you with a clean criminal history record. At this oint, you should consult directly with a local defense lawyer who can best advise you further.


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