What is domestic disorderly conduct?
Domestic Disorderly Conduct is disorderly conduct that occurs between individuals with familial, domestic or romantic relations.
Disorderly conduct, as defined by law, includes various forms of behavior. These forms of behavior include:
- engaging in fighting or in tumultuous conduct;
- making unreasonable noise and continuing to do so after being asked to stop; and
- disrupting a lawful assembly of persons.
Domestic Disorderly Conduct involves any type of the aforementioned disorderly behavior committed against or in the presence of someone who falls into the category of persons covered by domestic violence laws.
These include persons in family relationships such as husband-wife, parent-child, siblings, etc.
The relations extent to anyone related by blood or through marriage.
Domestic relationships also exist among parties to engagement, cohabitation or residing at the same address or under the same roof, domestic partnerships and other similar relationships.
Domestic violence is a hot topic in modern society.
Domestic disorderly conduct charges in Rhode Island
Being charged with such an offense can have adverse consequences to many aspects in your life such your individual liberty interests, reputation and other aspects such as housing, schooling and employment.
In Rhode Island charges can have collateral consequences such as the imposition by the Court of a no contact or restraining order between the offender and victim.
Depending on the nature and extent of the alleged offense, domestic violence may also implicate state agencies such as the Department of Child Services (DCS) or Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
These agencies may initiate independent investigations to consider the welfare of child who may have been exposed to or witnesses domestic violence.
This could lead to removal of a child from the household or limiting or restricting parental rights.
If you have been charged, it is important to seek legal representation immediately to protect your rights and to minimize the impact that a criminal charge of this nature may have on your life.
Contact a Rhode Island domestic disorderly conduct lawyer
If you have been charged with domestic disorderly conduct and need representation, contact the RI domestic violence attorney John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (508) 213-9113 to schedule a free consultation.