A Former Prosecutor — Who Knows How To Win

With 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, I know how to get positive results for clients who have been charged with a criminal offense. With insider knowledge and a drive to win, I am the attorney defendants turn to when dismissal — and freedom — is their goal.

High Rate Of Dismissals And Acquittals

Recognized by the Equal Justice Foundation for my “high rate of
acquittals and dismissals” in domestic violence cases.

Former Domestic Violence/Sex Assault Prosecutor

With a background in criminal prosecution, I have the know-how and insight
to stand-up for your constitutional rights.

Domestic Violence Defense

Falsely accused? Misunderstood? Targeted by a spiteful significant other?
I can help.

Sexual Assault Defense

I don’t judge. I provide mitigating evidence to the
court to paint a complete, accurate picture.

Super lawyers badge
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
The national top 100 trail lawyers
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
Lead Counsel badge
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation

Disorderly conduct: When your public actions become a crime

Most people are on their best behavior when out in public. However, sometimes, circumstances get out of hand, and someone complains about your behavior. In some instances, the police show up to reprimand you for your behavior. If things don’t go well, you could end up with a citation for disorderly conduct, or worse, you could end up in jail.

Here in Florida, certain actions in public fall under what the law refers to as a “breach of the peace” — disorderly conduct. You may not believe that your actions rose to the level of being a second-degree misdemeanor crime or that you breached anyone’s peace, but the law might see it differently.

Acts that could constitute disorderly conduct

According to Florida law, you may have violated the law against disorderly conduct if your behavior caused the following:

  • A corruption of public morals
  • A disruption of someone else’s peace and quiet
  • A violation of public decency standards

With such a broad definition, a broad range of behaviors could fall under this statute.

So what kinds of behaviors does the law consider a breach of the peace?

To give you an idea of the types of actions that often lead to a charge of disorderly conduct, consider the following:

  • Public intoxication
  • Loitering
  • Non-violent altercations with police
  • Arguing in public
  • Inciting a riot
  • Obstructing traffic
  • Being unreasonably loud
  • Using abusive or offensive language
  • Fighting in public
  • Disturbing the peace

Fighting in public can be elevated to a first-degree misdemeanor. If you take part in a riot, you could face a third-degree felony.

Defenses to disorderly conduct charges

When a breach of the peace occurs in public, police often arrest first and ask questions later in order to deescalate the situation and protect lives and property. For this reason, some of the common defenses to a disorderly conduct charge include the following:

  • Not actually in a public place
  • Were defending yourself
  • Actions were protected by freedom of speech

Whether you crossed the often blurry line between legal and illegal conduct is often subjective. Successfully using one of these defenses to a disorderly conduct charge requires you to present the appropriate evidence to the court.

You may feel tempted to simply plead your case in court thinking that this charge will not greatly affect your life. However, any criminal charge on your record could have unintended consequences for you in the future. Therefore, you would probably benefit from seeking the advice and assistance of a Florida attorney who can lay out your legal options and advocate on your behalf with prosecutors and the courts.