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Defending Against Disorderly Conduct Charges in Indiana 35-45-1-3


Disorderly conduct can land anyone in a tight spot when it comes to the law. It's a crime that covers a range of activities, from engaging in fights to making unreasonable noise and disrupting lawful assemblies. In Indiana, disorderly conduct is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, which can lead to fines and even imprisonment. In some cases, it can escalate to a Level 6 felony, carrying even more severe consequences.


At B. Hicks Law, we understand the intricacies of Indiana's legal system, and we are here to provide expert legal guidance and representation when you are facing disorderly conduct charges. In this blog post, we'll delve into the details of Indiana Code Section 35-45-1-3 and explain the different aspects of disorderly conduct.


What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct in Indiana?

According to Indiana Code Section 35-45-1-3, a person can be charged with disorderly conduct if they recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally engage in any of the following actions:

1. Engaging in Fighting or Tumultuous Conduct

If you are involved in a physical altercation or any tumultuous behavior, you can be charged with disorderly conduct.

2. Making Unreasonable Noise

Making unreasonable noise that disrupts the peace and tranquility of the community is also considered disorderly conduct. If you continue to make noise after being asked to stop, you can face charges.

3. Disrupting a Lawful Assembly

If you disrupt a lawful assembly of people, such as a public gathering, meeting, or event, you can be charged with disorderly conduct.

Penalties for Disorderly Conduct

In most cases, disorderly conduct is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, which carries penalties including fines and potential jail time. However, it's important to note that the consequences can be even more severe under certain circumstances:

Disorderly Conduct as a Level 6 Felony

  1. Adversely Affects Airport Security: If your disorderly conduct adversely affects airport security and is committed in an airport or on airport premises, it becomes a Level 6 felony.

  2. Within 500 Feet of Burial or Funeral: If you commit disorderly conduct within 500 feet of a burial, funeral procession, or a building where a funeral, memorial service, or viewing of a deceased person is taking place and it adversely affects these events, it also becomes a Level 6 felony.

Defending Against Disorderly Conduct Charges

When facing disorderly conduct charges, it's crucial to have experienced legal representation. At B. Hicks Law, we specialize in criminal defense and have a deep understanding of Indiana's criminal laws. We will evaluate the details of your case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy to protect your rights and freedom.

Our legal team will work tirelessly to help you navigate the legal process and explore all available options for resolving your case. We are committed to providing the best possible outcome for our clients.

If you or a loved one is facing disorderly conduct charges in Indiana, don't hesitate to contact B. Hicks Law for a confidential consultation. We are here to provide the legal support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Your future and freedom are our top priorities, and we are ready to fight for your rights.

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