Disturbing the Peace in Unusual Ways
Disturbing the peace can happen in many ways. Called “breaching the peace” or “disorderly conduct” in the Florida Statutes, this crime has been defined with intentional vagueness. By leaving the crime open to as much interpretation as possible, this offense can be used broadly by law enforcement officers and prosecutors. This is why it is important for defendants facing disorderly conduct charges to have the advice of an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney. At Stroleny Law, P.A., our experienced criminal defense attorney can protect you from wrongful convictions based on an unclear definition of “disturbing the peace.” Call (305) 615-1285 for a free consultation as soon as possible.
The Bizarre Ways in Which Floridians Have Disturbed the Peace
Florida is, of course, notorious for producing some of the most headline-worthy crimes in the country. Disorderly conduct cases have been no exception. The Orlando Sentinel reports on one suspect who threatened to release “an army of turtles” in order to “destroy everyone.” This was in response to seven separate 911 calls about a man disturbing customers at businesses along North Miramar Avenue in Indialantic.
And according to the Miami Herald, an intoxicated man was arrested outside of an Olive Garden after disturbing customers and asking an employee what type of genitals he had. The man was arrested on a bench outside of the restaurant, where he was eating pasta with his bare hands and muttering obscenities. He was charged with disorderly intoxication (an offense which Florida separates from general charges of disorderly conduct). He was also charged with resisting arrest as a result of his combativeness while getting in the patrol car. His combativeness did not prevent his arrest, but only earned him another criminal charge and a bloodied face.
In Pinellas Park, a man was arrested for disorderly conduct in a bar. He had been making sexual comments to the female owner and discussing his intentions to have sex with her. Newsweek reports that he was taken to the local jail for processing, where he then groped the buttocks of the female fingerprint technician who was assisting in the booking process. He now faces an additional – and more serious – felony charge of battery on a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office employee. These charges are in addition to two other trespassing charges the defendant has faced this year.
Experienced, Aggressive Defense of All Disturbance Charges
There are many collateral consequences to having a criminal conviction on your record. Even when the offense is a seemingly minor misdemeanor like disturbing the peace, it is important to protect your constitutional rights with the advice of an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney.
At Stroleny Law, P.A., our experienced criminal defense attorney can protect you from wrongful convictions. He files motions to dismiss duplicative charges, suppress evidence that was collected illegally, and appeal legal issues when necessary. He fights to suppress confessions that were made in violation of the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. These and many other tools can help protect your legal rights throughout the criminal case process. Call (305) 615-1285 for a free phone consultation or contact us online as soon as possible.
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