Illinois law states that a person can be charged with disorderly conduct when he or she “knowingly does any act in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace.”

Seems like an extremely vague statute, right?

The statute goes on to list specific actions that are also classified as Disorderly Conduct such as knowingly transmitting a false alarm of fire, knowingly transmitting a false alarm of the commission of a criminal offense, knowingly reporting a false bomb threat or knowingly reporting a false alarm or complaint of an emergency to 911.

The particular penalty in which you will face depending on which act of Disorderly Conduct you have been charged with allegedly committing can vary from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class 3 felony and a fine that, depending on the charge, can be up to $25,000.  In addition, if the false alarm transmission involved the threat of a bomb being present inside a school, you will be ordered to reimburse the government for the cost of the search for the bomb or explosive device.

As you can see, being convicted of Disorderly Conduct can have serious consequences.

Call Zach Pashea at the Law Office of Keith Short for a free consultation if you are being charged with Disorderly Conduct.  618-254-0055

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