Disorderly Conduct Charges

ยง 5503. Disorderly conduct.

A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he:

(1) engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;

(2) makes unreasonable noise;

(3) uses obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture; or

(4) creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.

Our firm has many years of experience successfully resolving disorderly conduct charges in the State College, PA and Penn State University community. There are several types of disorderly conduct charges common to this college town. Given the social nature of college campus life, disorderly conduct citations are an unfortunate part of the picture.

Noise Violations

Downtown State College thrusts students together with working professionals and families. That means that student social gatherings have plenty of potential to get loud and cause discomfort to neighboring areas. When police are called, noise violation charges usually ensue. The good news is that these charges usually aren’t serious, unless combined with other criminal charges. Use the link above to learn more about how our firm can help you resolve disorderly conduct charges.


Fighting charges can be tricky. In many instances, fighting charges can lead to more serious charges related to assault. Given the focus on “quality of life” offenses by State College and Penn State law officials, fighting charges are often added in situations where loud noises arise from outdoor commotion at social gatherings.

Making obscene gestures or comments in public can also lead to disorderly conduct charges. The State College and Penn State police aren’t afraid to charge students and residents who engage in this type of behavior. The important step is to understand your options should you decide to defend yourself against disorderly conduct charges.

Contact our firm to speak with a State College criminal lawyer about your disorderly conduct case. We’ll sit down with you and your loved ones to outline the facts in your case. That will help us determine the right defense strategy to use for your case.

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