Articles Posted in Disorderly Conduct

Many people have recently been arrested in Los Angeles for protesting. When a person has been arrested for protesting, there is a fine balance between what will qualify as a criminal charge against them, and what actions will fall under their First Amendment right to free speech.

A person who has been charged for protesting is generally charged under California Penal Code §647. Under California Penal Code §647 defines which actions can be constituted as disorderly conduct. The code sections also outlines a potential range of consequences if a person is convicted under this statute.

A person who is convicted may face a fine of up to $1,000.00, and jail time of up to six months. There may also be some probation. A charge under PC §647 is a misdemeanor. This means that if you are convicted it will remain on your criminal record.