Disorderly Conduct

The charge of disorderly conduct in Rhode Island is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six (6) months in prison and/or a fine up to $500.00 upon conviction.

To be found guilty of disorderly conduct in Rhode Island, a person must knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly:

  • Engage in fighting or threatening of another person, or act with violent behavior
  • Disturb a person by making loud or unreasonable noise that would disturb a person of average sensibility
  • Direct offensive words at another person which are likely to provoke a violent response
  • Enter upon private property and with a lascivious purpose looks into an occupied dwelling through an open window or other opening
  • Looks through a window or other opening with lascivious purpose into an area which maintains an expectation of privacy such as a restroom, locker room, etc.

Any one of the above, in addition to certain other acts, may be justification for arrest for the crime of disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is a rather vague and ambiguous offense that can often be defended for lack of sufficient evidence to warrant an arrest.

If you have been arrested for disorderly conduct in Rhode Island, contact our office for a free consultation.