Charged With Disorderly Conduct?

Pleasanton, California, Disorderly Conduct Attorney

At the Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse, we have successfully defended hundreds of clients accused of disorderly conduct. We know the law and the rights you are entitled to according the U.S. Constitution. Examples of disorderly conduct that Ivan Morse has successfully defended include, but are not limited to:

  • Panhandling
  • Window peeping
  • Squatting
  • Prostitution
  • Loitering
  • Attaching tracking device to car
  • Using binoculars or similar tools to look into the property of another
  • Public intoxication (see below)

Disorderly conduct covers a wide range of activity considered criminal in nature. It includes many acts that are considered disruptions to public order. A police officer has a great deal of discretion in interpreting these laws.

Disorderly conduct is usually a misdemeanor that is punishable by imprisonment in county jail for up to 6 months plus a fine. Misdemeanor criminal convictions will leave you with a permanent criminal record.

You never want to put yourself in a position to have to explain why you have a disorderly conduct conviction to a future employer. And in many cases, you will never get to explain it. Because a background check will be performed on you, and you simply won't be offered the job.

Because of the broad nature of the law, disorderly conduct is an offense that is often used by police. For this reason, we have successfully defended many disorderly conduct cases and have probably handled one very similar to yours. Experience counts for a lot in the California Criminal Courts.

Public Intoxication

A person can be convicted of disorderly conduct by being drunk in public. Under California Penal Code 647(f), the definition of public intoxication is when a person is found in any public place under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance, and is in a condition where he or she is unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others. Public intoxication is also when a person is in a public place while under the influence, and that person interferes with or obstructs or prevents the free use of any street, sidewalk, or other public way.

The public intoxication law under California is heavily enforced. Public intoxication laws can significantly affect a person's criminal record if convicted of the crime. If you get arrested for public intoxication, it is important to contact an experienced public intoxication lawyer. Public intoxication is a misdemeanor. A conviction for public intoxication can result in imprisonment in county jail for up to six months, probation, and steep fines. A conviction could affect the status of the defendant's present or future employment. If the defendant is under 21 years of age, the defendant can lose his or her driver's license for one year. See California Vehicle Code Section 13202.5.


For misdemeanors and felonies where the defendant did not serve any prison time, it is possible in some cases for the defendant, following successful completion of probation, to come back to court and have his or her criminal case dismissed. Following this procedure, you will not have a criminal conviction on your record. However, this will not remove your arrest record. The only way this can be done is to file a motion to have your arrest record cleared based upon factual innocence (a high standard to prove).

Contact a San Ramon Lawyer Defending Public Intoxication Charges

For more than 30 years, Ivan O.B. Morse has practiced in the criminal justice system. He is a former police officer who knows the proper procedures law enforcement is expected to following when making an arrest. Defense attorney Morse will fight for the criminal charges to be dismissed based on any violations of your constitutional rights. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with a highly skilled Pleasanton public intoxication defense lawyer.