Delaware Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Andrew Rahaim Criminal LawyerDisorderly conduct is one of the most common offenses, particularly in states such as Delaware with a large student population. Despite this, a disorderly conduct charge can have serious legal ramifications, from fines and a mark on your permanent record to jail time. This can affect a number of different things, including future employment eligibility. Students may face repercussions that can jeopardize their academic future.

At Rahaim & Saints, we believe a momentary lapse in judgment shouldn’t have consequences that haunt you for years to come. If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct in Delaware, our lawyers may be able to get your charges dropped or reduced.


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What Is Disorderly Conduct?


One of the difficulties in charging someone with disorderly conduct is that the offense itself is rather vague. According to Delaware’s criminal code, disorderly conduct is defined as any behavior that “intentionally causes public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to any other person.” This can include:

  • Fighting or threatening behavior
  • Unreasonable noise, coarse language or gestures
  • Disturbing a group of people without any legal authority to do so
  • Obstructing traffic or pedestrians
  • Refusing to obey a police order to break up a public group meeting
  • Creating a dangerous or physically offensive situation that serves no useful purpose
  • Meeting with others while wearing masks, hoods or other disguises with the intent to break a U.S. law
  • Engaging with or abetting someone doing any of the above

Looking over these guidelines, it is clear that disorderly concept is a concept which is open to interpretation. Disorderly conduct is an unclassified misdemeanor which is usually used as a “catch-all” charge covering several violent or aggressive offenses. In certain cases, it may be possible to get charges thrown out due to lack of evidence or another technicality. A Delaware attorney specializing in disorderly conduct can go over your options with you and advise you on the best way to proceed.


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First Time Offenders


Disorderly ConductBecause of the nature of disorderly conduct laws, it isn’t uncommon for individuals charged with an offense to have no previous criminal history. For first time offenders, it may be possible to avoid a trial by enrolling in a diversion program.

In this scenario, the individual agrees to a probationary period in exchange for having the charges dropped and expunged from their record. In many cases, this is the easiest and quickest way to take care of a disorderly conduct charge and put the past behind you.

About Rahaim & Saints


Since 1993, Rahaim & Saints has been providing legal representation to clients throughout Delaware. With offices in Wilmington and Newark, we are able to serve individuals throughout the state, including University of Delaware and other students. Founding partner Andrew D. Rahaim has more than 30 years of experience with disorderly conduct and other criminal charges.

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, our team can go over your case and advise you on the various options available to you. Your initial consultation is always free — call or email us today for more information.