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    Will I Have a Permanent Record for a Connecticut Disorderly Conduct Arrest?

    • Disorderly Conduct is punishable as a Class C Misdemeanor in Connecticut.
    • The definition of this charge can be found in Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) § 53a-182.
    • Not every arrest leads to conviction, and if your case is dropped, you may be able to have your record cleaned.

    Why Was I Arrested for Disorderly Conduct?

    Disorderly conduct is a vaguely defined crime, and as a result, it is rather easy for police to charge it. One way to commit disorderly conduct is if you act in any way that recklessly creates a risk of causing inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm. Other more concrete ways this crime is charged is when you disturb a lawful assembly, obstruct vehicle or pedestrian traffic, or if you watch someone in their home while trespassing on their property. It can be hard to understand why you were arrested for disorderly conduct, but a Connecticut defense lawyer can help you understand and defend.

    Will My Disorderly Conduct Go Online?

    Because disorderly conduct often happens after a public disturbance, it is common for internet articles to surface describing your arrest and speaking of your charges. These articles can, in many circumstances, be just as damaging to your reputation as the charges themselves. Luckily, there is a way to get these articles taken down.

    What are Connecticut’s Erasure Laws?

    Connecticut has laws known as “Erasure Laws” under CGS § 54-142a. These laws allow for dismissed charges to be immediately expunged from the individual’s record. Additionally, nolled charges will be expunged after 13 months. To learn more about the difference between a nolle and a dismissal, click here.

    Disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor or a relatively low-level crime. Oftentimes, it can be dismissed through the use of a pretrial diversionary program like Accelerated Rehabilitation. Further, if you do not want to use AR, a defense attorney can help you gather evidence to present to the prosecutor that can help you get your charges nolled. After a nolle, provided you are not arrested again within 13 months, the Erasure Law will kick in.

    How Can I Get Internet Articles Down?

    Internet scrubbing is the act of removing articles from the internet that you do not want up there. Even after having your case dismissed, pesky police blotters or local newspaper articles can linger online that threaten to harm your recently cleared reputation. Skilled defense attorneys who have experience working with recently dismissed charges can help you to have these articles taken down so that the charge truly is erased. To learn more about our internet scrubbing practice, click here.

    Get Help from a Skilled Connecticut Disorderly Conduct Attorney

    If you are facing disorderly conduct charges or recently had them dismissed, we may be able to help you remove damaging articles from the internet. Check out our 5-star certified reviews here, and call the dedicated lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today to learn more. We are available to take your call 24/7 at 203-258-4700.