Mound, MN asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota

Q: I was charged with disorderly conduct. I am not sure what even for.

I didn't do anything before the police arrived. I walked through some yard, but I wasn't charged with trespassing. I didn't scream or cause any ruckus. It's basically retaliation from some neighbors, they called the cops and I wasn't even doing anything. They all got together and called on me. Police tried to get me to confess to something, referred to events from a few days ago, but I didn't comment. Then they just issued me this and left. Can they just do that and not justify? Now I have a court hearing. Again, on the day of, all there was - I walked on someone's yard as I was lured in there by an aggressive neighbor.

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Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Clearly you are accused of more than that. The accusations would be reflected in the police reports. You need to get an attorney involved to help get you out from under these accusations.

Thomas C Gallagher agrees with this answer

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Point-of-view is important in these situations. People frequently perceive events in extremely different ways. That's one important aspect of similar cases. Another is managing interpersonal conflict, and the motives behind police calls and accusations. I look for these things when untangling problems for clients and finding solutions. The specifics of the claims should be documented in police reports and perhaps police videos, available after the first court appearance. While disorderly conduct is perhaps the most trivial crime on the books in Minnesota; yet it is still a crime. So most would retain a criminal defense attorney to help avoid a public record of a criminal conviction. Pick up the phone and call a criminal defense attorney.

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