Louisiana rap artist, NBA YoungBoy, otherwise known as Kentrell Gaulden was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana in Georgia.
According to the Atlanta Police Department, reports showed that Gaulden encouraged a woman to punch a housekeeper at the Hyatt House in NW Atlanta. The staff member ran away down the hallway and called police.
Both Gaulden and the woman were taken to the City of Atlanta jail.
In today's post, I will outline the offense of disorderly conduct in Georgia as well as the repercussions faced if convicted.
Disorderly Conduct in Georgia
According to the Georgia Code, disorderly conduct in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-11-39 as:
(a) A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct when such person commits any of the following:
(1) Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby such person is placed in reasonable fear of the safety of such person's life, limb, or health;
(2) Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby the property of such person is placed in danger of being damaged or destroyed;
(3) Without provocation, uses to or of another person in such other person's presence, opprobrious or abusive words which by their very utterance tend to incite to an immediate breach of the peace, that is to say, words which as a matter of common knowledge and under ordinary circumstances will, when used to or of another person in such other person's presence, naturally tend to provoke violent resentment, that is, words commonly called "fighting words"; or
(4) Without provocation, uses obscene and vulgar or profane language in the presence of or by telephone to a person under the age of 14 years which threatens an immediate breach of the peace.
Disorderly Conduct is a misdemeanor offense in Georgia and is punishable by a maximum of 12 months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I am honestly quite irritated by the “criminal” offense of disorderly conduct. Unfortunately, disorderly conduct is also one of the most commonly charged offenses.
Disorderly conduct is a catchall offense in the state of Georgia. This means that disorderly conduct is often used by officers when confronted with a person they wish to detain whether for the purposes of public safety or to prevent you from further interfering with an investigation.
It's a catchall offense because the majority of the time, the accused individual hasn't actually broken any law. It should never be charged in the first place.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Georgia, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today. We can help you with your case now.