Tampa is a popular place to live and visit. Some say that after 5, the
city comes alive and for good reason. With Irish pubs, nightclubs, microbreweries,
martini bars and some of the finest restaurants in Florida, you don’t
have to go far to enjoy a night on the town.
With Tampa’s bustling nightlife, the city has its share of
DUI arrests and drunken brawls. It’s not uncommon for us to get calls
from people who have been arrested for disorderly conduct after getting
into an altercation at a local bar or nightclub, though such altercations
can happen almost anywhere where bystanders are present.
Defining Breach of the Peace & Disorderly Conduct
Under Florida law, people are supposed to conduct themselves like calm,
respectable adults while out in public. What we say and do in our own
homes is our business, but while out, if our behavior is disturbing or
upsetting, it can lead to an arrest for disorderly conduct.
Under Sec. 877.03 of the Florida Statutes, a person is guilty of breaching
the peace or disorderly conduct when he or she: disrupts the public morals,
does something that outrages the sense of public decency, or affects the
peace and quiet of those around them.
Additionally, disorderly conduct includes fighting, or engaging in a brawl.
Under Florida law, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor of the second degree,
punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.
Though a disorderly conduct charge may sound minor, it’s not. How
would your life be affected by spending two months in jail, or by acquiring
a criminal record? Would your job or your family be able to withstand
If you’re facing disorderly conduct charge because you were fighting
with someone in public, or because you were having fun but witnesses thought
you were too loud, you need to
contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney from Thomas & Paulk, P.A. to
minimize the impact of your arrest!