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Disorderly Conduct Laws in Colorado are Complex

Let’s start with some context. Over the past decade, disorderly conduct has become increasingly common across the state of Colorado. While these charges may seem minor at first glance, a conviction can haunt your criminal record for years to come.

At our firm, we’ve seen even straightforward cases spiral out of control when handled improperly. That’s why having an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side can make all the difference. In this article, we’ll walk through the ins and outs of disorderly conduct law here in Colorado. Our goal is to provide clarity and hope by arming you with information so that together, we can achieve the best possible outcome.

What Exactly is Disorderly Conduct?

Under Colorado law, disorderly conduct is defined as any behavior that intentionally disturbs the peace and tranquility of another individual or the community at large. This includes things like causing unreasonable noise, engaging in “fighting words,” or creating hazardous conditions through reckless actions. Police and prosecutors have discretion in applying the law, so the definition can feel frustratingly vague.

In our experience, common charges stem from public arguments, intoxicated behavior, using profanity around others, or intervening in police action. Regardless of the circumstances, these criminal charges should be taken seriously, as convictions can limit job opportunities, ruin reputations, and even result in jail time.

Potential Penalties for Disorderly Conduct

Under C.R.S. § 18-9-106, disorderly conduct can be charged as a petty offense, Class 1 or Class 2 Misdemeanor.

  • A petty offense is punishable by a fine of up to $300 and/or up to 10 days in jail.
  • A Class 2 Misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $750 and/or up to 120 days in jail.
  • A Class 1 Misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 364 days in jail.

Disorderly Conduct Charges are Common in Colorado

You may be shocked to learn just how often disorderly conduct charges arise in our state. Over the past decade, rates have risen by nearly 30% to approximately 3,500 charges per 100,000 residents, according to data from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Almost half of these charges ultimately result in misdemeanor convictions.

Certain cities see far more cases than others. For example, in Castle Rock, disorderly conduct represents one of the most common charges filed each year in municipal court. With its family-friendly reputation, you might assume this semi-rural town to be peaceful. Yet many disorderly conduct cases are filed annually.

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A Castle Rock Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Fight the Charges


When faced with a disorderly conduct charge, the natural instinct is to want the situation to just “go away.” Many opt to represent themselves, plead guilty prematurely, or accept diversion programs rather than hire legal counsel. While this route seems easier in the short term, it can cause problems down the road.

Having an experienced defense attorney in your corner levels the playing field and protects your rights. Counsel can pinpoint procedural problems, exploit loopholes, negotiate dismissal of charges, and secure “not guilty” verdicts at trial. For instance, we’ve won cases by demonstrating that police failed to issue proper warnings before making arrests.

Our Castle Rock Criminal Defense Attorneys Have Decades of Experience

The skilled criminal defense lawyers at our law firm have decades of combined experience beating these charges in Castle Rock and across Colorado. Through relentless investigation and negotiation, we strive to minimize the penalties and collateral damage from disorderly conduct charges. For qualified applicants, we also facilitate entry into diversion programs, resulting in complete dismissal.

By providing both compassion and aggressive advocacy, we empower citizens to move forward with their lives unencumbered by a conviction. If you or a loved one are currently facing criminal charges, please get in touch for a free consultation. We’re ready to help you through this difficult time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can arguing with a police officer lead to disorderly conduct charges?

Simply arguing loudly with an officer does not automatically constitute disorderly conduct. The argument must escalate to truly disruptive and unreasonable levels involving “fighting words” for charges to apply.

Can mental health conditions be used as a legal defense?

Potentially yes. Conditions like PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc., can sometimes be used as a legal defense against disorderly conduct charges in Colorado, depending on the circumstances.

Can you be charged on private property?

Disorderly conduct arrests can occur on private property in Colorado, not just in public spaces.

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