Local Georgia Commissioner Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

A commissioner in Spalding County was arrested earlier today after a SWAT standoff with deputies in a local senior living community.

According to reports, the SWAT team was assembled after reports of shots being fired from one of the homes. Police showed up and it resulted in the arrest of the commissioner. No other details have been released yet.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind one of the offenses faced by the commissioner which is disorderly conduct.

Disorderly Conduct in Georgia

Disorderly Conduct in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-11-39 by outlining four situations that qualify as such conduct.

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 classified as misdemeanor offense. That means that if someone is arrested and convicted of disorderly conduct, then the punishment can include up to 12 months in jail and up to $1000 in fines.

Practice Note

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