The law enforcement agencies exist to maintain peace in a society, especially in public. Any attempt made to disturb this peace is punishable under law. Every citizen has a fundamental right to live their lives peacefully, and its government’s job to guarantee it. This is why Indiana has strict disorderly conduct laws.
Let’s go over some of them:
What is disorderly conduct?
Disorderly conduct refers to disruptive public behavior. As a citizen, you can’t recklessly/intentionally get involved in actions that interfere with another citizen’s ability to enjoy a public space. Common examples include being unnecessarily noisy, loitering, fighting, or doing anything that disturbs someone else’s peace. Although disorderly conduct could result from a wide range of activities, alcohol, and drugs are common.
What is public intoxication?
Public intoxication refers to being visibly drunk in a public place. In some states, it’s known as public drunkenness. According to the law, the accused must fulfill the following three criteria to be punished for public intoxication:
- They should be under the influence of controlled substances, alcohol, or drugs.
- They must be present in a public place.
- Their behavior must cause disturbance to another person.
Public intoxication is illegal to prevent such individuals from hurting themselves as well as others. However, if you’re intoxicated in a private space, the same laws don’t apply.
What does the law of Indiana say?
According to the state law of Indiana, public intoxication is a Class B misdemeanor. It usually results in jail time of up to 180 days and a $1000 dollar fine. Other than that, disorderly conduct refers to engaging in tumultuous conduct, disrupting a lawful assemble, and making unreasonable noises. This too, classifies as a Class B misdemeanor. However, disorderly conduct may become a Level 6 felony if it takes place within airport premises, near a burial site, or during a funeral or memorial procession.
In Indiana, it is illegal to be in a public place under the influence of intoxication if:
- It endangers your life
- It endangers someone else’s life
- It disrupts peace.
- Harasses/alarms/annoys another person.
Have you been accused of public intoxication or disorderly conduct? Keep calm. It’s not the end of the world.