Disorderly Persons

The crime of disorderly persons, sometimes referred to as disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both. In addition, most townships have an ordinance similar to the state disorderly persons law. MCL 750.167

A person is a disorderly person if the person is any of the following;

A person of sufficient ability who refuses or neglects to support his or her family.

A common prostitute.

A window peeper.

A person who engages in an illegal occupation or business.

A person who is intoxicated in a public place and who is either endangering directly the safety of another person or of property or is acting in a manner that causes a public disturbance.

A person who is engaged in indecent or obscene conduct in a public place.

A vagrant.

A person found begging in a public place.

A person found loitering in a house of ill fame or prostitution or place where prostitution or lewdness is practiced, encouraged, or allowed.

A person who knowingly loiters in or about a place where an illegal occupation or business is being conducted.

A person who loiters in or about a police station, police headquarters building, county jail, hospital, court building, or other public building or place for the purpose of soliciting employment of legal services or the services of sureties upon criminal recognizances.

A person who is found jostling or roughly crowding people unnecessarily in a public place.

When a person, who has been convicted of refusing or neglecting to support his or her family under this law, is then charged with subsequent violations within a period of 2 years, that person shall be prosecuted as a second offender, or third and subsequent offender, as provided in section 168, if the family of that person is then receiving public relief or support.

A person who is found hunting while drunk or intoxicated. A conviction will lead to a loss of the hunting license and confiscation of the weapon, in addition to a suspension of the hunting license for three years. MCL 750.167a

A more serious disorderly person crime involves a person who within 500 feet of a funeral service, makes any statement or gesture or engage in any conduct that would make a reasonable person attending that funeral, memorial service, viewing, procession, or burial under the circumstances feel intimidated, threatened, or harassed, or makes any breach of the peace involving the funeral or the funeral procession. A disorderly person conviction of this type is a felony. A first time offense is punishable by imprisonment up to 2 years, a $5,000 fine, or both. A second and subsequent offense is punishable by imprisonment up to 4 years, a $10,000 fine, or both. MCL 750.167d

If you have been charged with disorderly persons contact ArborYpsi Law at 734.883.9584 or at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com to speak with attorney Sam Bernstein and discuss your case.

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