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What is Disorderly Conduct in Illinois?

April 20th, 2018 at 8:44 am

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Facing charges of disorderly conduct can be a truly frightening experience. To be sure, you may not understand the charges, nor how to effectively deal with the criminal justice system. If you find yourself in this situation, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney immediately. A legal professional can advocate aggressively on your behalf to help protect your rights throughout each step of the process.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

Under Illinois law, there are 12 instances in which you can be charged with disorderly conduct. These actions are:

  1. Acting in way that disturbs another and provoke a breach of peace;
  2. Reporting, or inciting another to report a fire when the individual knows that there is no fire;
  3. Reporting a bomb or other explosive device when the individual knows that there is no threat of a bomb or explosive device and Reporting a bomb threat to a school when there is no threat;
  4. Reporting a crime to an officer knowing there is none;
  5. Falsely reporting a public safety issue;
  6. Calling 911 when there is no need to call;
  7. Making a false report of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services;
  8. Falsely reporting to the Department of Public Health under the Nursing Care Act, Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or MC/MD Act. This is essentially falsely reporting elder abuse;
  9. Falsely reporting the need for an ambulance or fire department service;
  10. Reporting a false report under Article II of Public Act 83-1432;
  11. Entering the property of another for a lewd or unlawful purpose through a window or opening. This also covers “peeping” into another’s window; and
  12. Harassing, annoying, or intimidating an alleged debtor while impersonating a collections officer.

Punishments

The severity of the punishment for disorderly conduct depends on which category of disorderly conduct is performed. Disorderly conduct charges can be both a felony and misdemeanor.

  • Misdemeanor – Generally, a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge can carry a 30-day, six-month, or one-year jail sentence.
    • Class A: Reporting a false threat to public safety and entering another’s property for unlawful conduct are considered Class A Misdemeanors. These are the most serious types of misdemeanors. There is a possibility of a one-year jail sentence and a fine up to $2,500.
    • Class B: Falsely reporting the crime of elder abuse is considered a Class B misdemeanor. There is the potential of six months in jail.
  • Felony – A felony carries a much more serious penalty.
    • Class 4: Making a false report of a fire, a false report of a threat to a school, or making a false emergency services call is considered a Class 4 felony.  This carries the potential of a one to three-year prison sentence.
    • Class 3: Reporting a fake bomb threat is a Class 3 felony that carries the possibility of two to five years in prison. In addition, there is a potential for a fine up to $10,000.

Let Us Help You Today

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, our office can help you. Passionate Rolling Meadows defense attorney Christopher M. Cosley has the knowledge and skill to represent you and achieve the best possible outcome. Call 847-394-3200 today.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K26-1

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1999&ChapterID=55

Disorderly Conduct in Illinois

February 16th, 2018 at 6:55 pm

criminal charges, Disorderly Conduct, Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney, misdemeanor charge, felony chargeWhen people think of disorderly conduct, they may envision someone who is drunk and acting out in public. While this is a form of disorderly conduct, it is not the only one that can cause a person to face criminal charges.

Disorderly conduct refers to an act that disturbs the peace. In some states, such acts result in a mere fine. In Illinois, however, these acts are charged as misdemeanors most of the time. In some instances, they are even charged as felonies.

This means that a disorderly conduct charge can affect your life in many ways. Avoid getting in trouble with the law by understanding what types of acts can get you a criminal record in Illinois.

What Illinois Law Says

Under 720 ILCS 5/26-1, disorderly conduct consists of the following:

  • Acting in an unreasonable manner to alarm or disturb someone;
  • Sending a false alarm related to a fire, bomb, or dangerous chemical;
  • Threatening to destroy a school building, property, or cause injury or death to school officials or those at a school function; 
  • Transmitting a false report to a public safety agency;
  • Calling 911 for the sole purpose of transmitting a false alarm;
  • Transmitting a false report of child abuse;
  • Posing as a debt collector in order to harass an individual; or
  • Entering a property or looking through a window for a lewd purpose.

Types of Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct may include making an obscene gesture or using abusive or vulgar language toward another person in order to incite a fight. Making unreasonably loud noises or using chemicals to create a foul odor are also forms of disorderly conduct. Using a firearm or displaying one’s anus or genitals is also disorderly conduct.

Disorderly Conduct Penalties

Most cases of disorderly conduct are charged as misdemeanors. The penalties include up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Some cases are severe enough to be charged as felonies. When a person makes false reports and calls to government agencies, this wastes public resources and causes fear to community members. These incidents are charged as Class 3 or Class 4 felonies. A person can face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Need Legal Advice? Contact a Local Criminal Defense Lawyer

Disorderly conduct is not always a minor crime. It can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. Regardless of the act, you do not want to have such a charge on your record, so act quickly to reduce your penalties.

If you are facing disorderly conduct charges, you need solid legal defense to avoid fines and jail time. The Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley can help. Dedicated Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney Christopher Cosley has helped many clients reduce their charges. Do not hesitate to contact us today for help.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K26-1

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