Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct is considered a misdemeanor in Texas. It is a broad crime, one that encompasses a wide range of minor offenses. Typically, people think of “disruption of peace” as an act of disorderly conduct. Other examples of this offense include loitering, acting in a disturbing or uncontrollable manner, or acting in such a way as to provoke others.

Texas Penal Code

In Texas, there exists a long list of actions that comprise disorderly conduct. Any of the following behaviors in a public area or within close proximity of a private residence may be charged as this particular misdemeanor:

  • Using offensive language or wording
  • Gesturing in an offensive manner
  • Knowingly creating an offensive odor
  • Threatens or abuses another individual without adequate provocation for this action
  • Creates a large amount of noise
  • Fights or instigates a fight with another person
  • Displays or discharges a firearm
  • Exposes one’s genitalia or buttocks
  • "Peeps" into the private room or property of another individual

Performing any of these acts is liable to render the individual with a disorderly conduct charge.


These offenses have the potential to be charged as either Class C or Class B misdemeanors in the state of Texas. The punishments for these acts are as such:

  • Class B Misdemeanor: Up to $2000 in fines, a jail term of up to 180 days, or both
  • Class C Misdemeanor: A fine of $500 or less

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If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis can help you. Please contact his office today at (512) 472-1950 to set up an appointment.

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