Disorderly Conduct in Ann Arbor

What is Disorderly Conduct in Ann Arbor, Michigan?

Disorderly Conduct in Ann Arbor, Michigan can mean many things.  The Ann Arbor City Code makes it illegal to behave in a certain way.  The Code section is “9:62 – Acts Prohibited”.  The prohibited acts are enumerated up to 31.

What is Disorderly Person in Ann Arbor, Michigan?

Disorderly Person is different than Disorderly Conduct in Ann Arbor. MCL 750.167, which is a Michigan Law addresses Disorderly Persons.

Disorderly Person is a State of Michigan Law.  Disorderly Conduct is a City of Ann Arbor Ordinance.  With one you deal with The State of Michigan, with the other you deal with The City of Ann Arbor.  Dealing with The State of Michigan is different than with dealing with The City of Ann Arbor, because each has their own policies and standards.  This is where a skilled and experienced attorney makes a difference in your case.

What are some things that are some prohibited actions that fall under Disorderly Conduct under the City of Ann Arbor Ordinances?

Here are some examples directly from the Ann Arbor City Code:

(1) Commit an assault, or an assault and battery, upon any person.

(2) Be intoxicated in a public place and either endanger directly the safety of another person or of property

(7) Engage in any fight in a public place.

(10) Persist in disturbing the public peace and quiet by loud or aggressive conduct, having once been clearly informed by persons affected that he or she is, in fact, unreasonably causing such a disturbance, provided, however, that notice need not be given when such persons affected reasonably believe that to do so would constitute a risk to their personal safety.

(17) Urinate or defecate on any public street or sidewalk or on the floor of that part of any building open to the public or any other place in view of the public not specifically designated for that purpose.

(20) Knowingly destroy, damage, deface or remove any public property or other property not his or her own

(24) Engage in any indecent or obscene conduct in any public place.

What are some things that are some prohibited actions that fall under Disorderly Person under the State of Michigan Law?

Here are some examples directly from the Michigan Compiled Laws:

(e) A person who is intoxicated in a public place and who is either endangering directly the safety of another person or of property or is acting in a manner that causes a public disturbance.

(f) A person who is engaged in indecent or obscene conduct in a public place.

(l) A person who is found jostling or roughly crowding people unnecessarily in a public place.

What if you are a current student at the University of Michigan?

Call the University of Michigan – Student Legal Services.  They have 5 full-time attorneys who help students with everything from noise violations to felonies.  They are in court every week, and sometimes 4 days a week in the fall.  They are well-respected in the legal community and often get the same, if not better results than many private attorneys because of their experience and familiarity with the 15th District Court.  Here is their website: https://studentlegalservices.umich.edu/

What should you do if you are arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct or Disorderly Persons in Ann Arbor?

Call me for a free consultation at (734) 887-6079.  I will discuss your situation and help you understand your options.  Once you know your options then you will be empowered to make an informed decision on how you want to move forward.

Additional Resources:

The actual Ann Arbor City Code for Disorderly Conduct:

https://library.municode.com/mi/ann_arbor/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TITIXPORE_CH108DICO_9_62ACPR

The actual Michigan Complied Law for Disorderly Person:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(mca0pxlh4mxqliseo3z5cifr))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-750-167