Stamford Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
Receiving a misdemeanor summons and complaint in for disorderly conduct in Stamford under CGS 53a-182 is actually considered an “arrest” and is considered a Class C misdemeanor. A guilty plea to disorderly conduct—or even just the online news report of your arrest in the Stamford Advocate and Stamford Patch— can haunt you for the rest of your professional life if it’s not handled properly and taken offline.
Every disorderly conduct domestic violence arrest in Stamford comes with a criminal protective order which restricts your contact or visitation with the family member who was the victim of the arrest. Not only are these Connecticut domestic violence restraining / protective orders convoluted, but they can go on for months, or even years, in a Connecticut domestic violence case, causing you embarrassment and problems in employment background checks and at airport security checkpoints.
If you were arrested for disorderly conduct, contact a Stamford domestic violence lawyer to help you get your charge dismissed quickly and cost-effectively.
What is a Disorderly Conduct Arrest?
Disorderly conduct is classified as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to three months in jail, probation, and up to $500 in fines. Under Connecticut criminal law, you can be arrested for disorderly conduct if, with the intent of causing alarm, inconvenience or annoyance, you fight, threaten, or make unreasonable noise. The statute is even broader than this and does not always require intent if you are acting recklessly. The ambiguity and over-breadth of the statute is the reason why it is the most frequently charged Stamford domestic violence crime.
What Happens to First Time Offenders?
If you are a first time offender and your Disorderly Conduct arrest is the first time you have ever been arrested, then you should be wary of family relations officers who may try and encourage you to apply for the Family Violence Education Program (also called the “FVEP”). While the FVEP may very well be a fair and appropriate resolution of your disorderly conduct arrest, you should contact a Stamford disorderly conduct lawyer before jumping into the program.
The FVEP program automatically keeps your case alive for up to two years (and also keeps any pending protective restraining orders alive as well, exposing you to a Stamford felony arrest for violating a protective or restraining order). Exploring FVEP alternatives may be possible for first time offenders, so consider reading some of our articles that discuss why you should not rush into the Connecticut Family Violence Education Program.
Will DCF Investigate a Disorderly Conduct Arrest?
If your minor children are in the home or in the vicinity of a Stamford disorderly conduct arrest—even if they were upstairs or in another room in your home—then you can be certain that Connecticut Department of Children and Family Investigators (“DCF”) will be showing up at your door within 24 hours. They are required by Connecticut law to conduct an assessment or investigation of you and your whole family, and will want to interview your spouse, all of your children (without you in the room), as well as your children’s educators and health care professionals.
Most people do not want DCF meddling in their lives, especially over something so minor as a disorderly conduct arrest. A Stamford disorderly conduct lawyer can help you get your DCF case closed as quickly as possible.
Call a Stamford Disorderly Conduct Attorney Today
While disorderly conduct is one of the least serious Stamford domestic violence crimes, a simple charge can escalate quickly for you and your family in Stamford Superior Court, including unnecessary alcohol and drug testing, an overly restrictive restraining order, and an intrusive Stamford DCF investigation.
Contact a Stamford disorderly conduct attorney today. We are available 24/7 at (203) 276-9443.