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Meet Our Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

Three Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm


Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer


Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer


Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer


Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm


  • We offer you a FREE no obligation initial consultation.
  • We only practice criminal defense law. We don’t split our time working on other areas of law so that we can provide intense focus to your criminal case.
  • Our team is available to you 24/7/365. Our resources are deep and strong. We collaborate and continually draw from each other’s experience to devise the best strategy and defense for you.
  • Our seasoned team of Minneapolis assault lawyers, Minneapolis sex crimes lawyers, Minneapolis drug crimes lawyers, Minneapolis fraud lawyers, Minneapolis DWI lawyers and much more will fight hard for you and be by your side every step of the way.
  • We have decades of criminal courtroom experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal system and Minnesota criminal law. This experience has taught us sophisticated and highly skilled courtroom tactics, as well as adept trial and negotiating skills.
  • We understand that each case and client is uniquely different. People hire us because of our knowledge of the system, and realize that it is our job to help a client navigate a difficult process. As we are preparing a case, we know what to look for in the evidence, but also realize that it is critical to listen to our clients needs. Then, only after we know our client, we can tailor make a defense unique to your case depending on the goals we have set out.
  • We will always treat you with compassion and respect. As our former clients will tell you, we are very quick and prompt in answering any questions, and will keep you informed about every step in the process. We have an appreciation for how stressful criminal charges can be, and that is why we take it very seriously to provide a calming, and honest, reassurance throughout. We consider the “service” side of our job to be as serious as anything else we do because being trusted to be someone’s attorney is a privilege.

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    How Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct Attorneys Can Serve You

    Brawling or Fighting

    Disturbing a Lawful Assembly

    Offensive Conduct

    Caregiver Fighting/Brawling Enhancement

    Most states have a general disturbing the peace, reckless conduct, or disorderly conduct statute. Section 609.72 of the Minnesota Statutes is actually more specific than some other similar laws in other states. Many defendants have argued the disorderly conduct law violates free speech. All these challenges have failed. Governments must respect free speech, but they can pass reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.

    Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Additionally, many employers view disorderly conduct as a “troublemaker” offense. So, these convictions, perhaps more so than other misdemeanors, may create significant employment problems.

    Since so much is at stake, Gerald Miller, P.A. aggressively defends these cases in court. We do more than reduce or eliminate the consequences of a criminal conviction. We also stand up for your rights, including your right to free speech.

    Disorderly Conduct Charges in Minneapolis

    Brawling or Fighting

    “Fighting” is very broadly defined. There is no physical or emotional injury requirement. That feature makes this section different from other disorderly conduct offenses which at least require an emotional injury. In fact, the fight need not even be physical. It could be verbal.

    “Brawling” does not require active participation. Watching a fight and encouraging the conduct, or doing nothing to discourage it, could be considered brawling.
    As qualified Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct lawyers, we understand that just Like other disorderly conduct charges, fighting and brawling usually requires a civilian witness. By the time police officers arrive, the fight is normally over. This additional requirement makes it difficult for prosecutors to obtain convictions.

    Disturbing a Lawful Assembly

    Mere presence does not disturb an assembly, no matter how the participants react. If a prominent Democrat attended the Republican National Convention and sat relatively quietly, disorderly conduct charges would probably not hold up in court, no matter how badly the Republicans resented the Democrat’s presence.

    Instead, the law requires a disturbance. That act could be shouting down a speaker, chanting, or holding signs. However, these things might or might not constitute a disturbance, depending on the facts.

    The lawful assembly requirement is more uncertain. If the group had a permit from a government body, the assembly is clearly legal. Ad hoc gatherings, like street demonstrations, might or might not be lawful. Speaking to a Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct lawyer will help you gain a better understanding.

    Offensive Conduct

    The statute prohibits “offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct or in offensive, obscene, or abusive language tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.” That’s an awful lot of words, and an awfully vague definition. The different levels of profanity are a good example.

    Common four-letter words in PG movies are technically obscene. This language legitimately offends many people. However, such language does not reasonably offend people. An exception might be shouting a four-letter word in church.

    F-bombs and s-bombs are in a grey area. Occasional, incidental use probably does not satisfy the alarm, resentment, or anger requirement. Repeated use might do so, especially if the defendant used his/her outside voice.

    If the defendant shouts such language at another person, this conduct almost certainly constitutes disorderly conduct. The charges only hold up in court if the other person appears and testifies that the defendant used such language and s/he was offended.

    Caregiver Fighting/Brawling Enhancement

    If a caregiver fights or brawls with a vulnerable adult, it can create a gross misdemeanor offense, and the maximum punishment is a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. This enhancement does not apply to obscene language or other disorderly conduct sections. Remember, even though it may seem like a Minneapolis Assault lawyer would be able to help you in such cases, it is best to speak to a proven Minneapolis Disorderly Conduct lawyer and request assistance.

    A “caregiver” is someone who has responsibility for a family member. A “vulnerable adult” is someone who receives, or is qualified to receive, services from any inpatient facility, such as a nursing home or drug rehab facility.

    Disorderly Conduct FAQs

    No. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor or, in some cases, a gross misdemeanor. However, a misdemeanor could mean up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine plus court costs. Disorderly conduct has substantial indirect consequences as well.

    Basically, disorderly conduct is offensive physical or verbal conduct in a one-on-one or group setting. The statute criminalizes a number of behaviors when many people would not consider criminal.

    Since disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor, a court appearance is almost always required. Occasionally, if the evidence is very weak, a Minneapolis defense lawyer can use that to dramatically impact the result of the case.

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    Kassandra Deml
    Kassandra Deml
    00:34 12 Apr 21
    I enjoyed working with Kyle. I felt supported, personally, the entire time. I was hesitant to get a lawyer, but I’m so grateful I did! I couldn’t have had such a fantastic outcome without Kyle. Definitely worth the investment!
    Gary Jacob
    Gary Jacob
    13:56 30 Mar 21
    Gerrry Miller helped a family member more than once through a difficult situation. Gerald knowledge and dedication to his clients is second to none. During a difficult and stressful time for my family he was able to ease both his and our grief. Gerry is not only devoted to getting you the very best results in your case but he genuinely cares about you as a person. He truly goes above and beyond from beginning to end for you. I highly recommend Gerald Miller and his team.
    Tom Flavin
    Tom Flavin
    00:54 19 Mar 21
    So, you are possibly reading this review because you, or someone you know, were stopped by the police and received a citation for a DUI or something similar. Now you know you need a lawyer and are dreading the entire process of finding the right attorney. You wonder if one attorney is any better than another? Should you “shop around” for the best deal? And how do you know you have the best deal and the right attorney?Based upon personal experience through a close family member I can unequivocable tell you that YES, you should shop around for the best deal – with one major caveat. THE BEST DEAL IS NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST PRICE. Let me repeat that, I can promise you; the best price is NOT the best deal. The “best deal” is getting the best lawyer to handle your particular situation. Like it or not, the infraction that you are accused of is a major deal and can lead to serious financial, workplace, and social difficulties. While going through this entire process, we learned that having a lawyer that not only specializes in DUI (or similar issues) but has also racked up YEARS of experience in this field gave us the best chances for a better than anticipated outcome. Gerald Miller is that lawyer. It is almost unbelievable how much time he and his team will devote to understanding you and your situation. Each court in the various jurisdictions in our metro area all have their slightly different idiosyncrasies. Gerald Miller and his team know these courts, their systems, their processes and the personalities within each of these jurisdictions and will use their knowledge to gain the best possible outcome for you.Sometimes you have to realize that once the damage is done (your DUI) your best course of action is to not exacerbate the situation by not having the right representation. Do yourself a favor, have a conversation with Gerald Miller and his team, you will be thankful that you did.
    Thomas Taylor
    Thomas Taylor
    03:15 17 Mar 21
    I have known Gerry since before he became a lawyer. He has always been a person of integrity and that shows in the way he practices law. Before I ever needed his services, I recommended him to anyone who had a need for an attorney. No one was ever disappointed. Then one day I found my self in need of legal expertise. Gerry was there, not only as a friend, but, also as a professional. Should you find yourself in need of an attorney I give you my personal recommendation. Call Gerry! You will not be disappointed.
    Rob Buntz
    Rob Buntz
    00:34 13 Mar 21
    Gerald helped a family member through a difficult situation. Gerald, we cannot thank you enough for everything you did to work to a positive outcome. Gerald is an incredibly hard working and talented attorney. He is not only devoted to getting you the very best results in your case but he genuinely cares about you as a person. He truly goes above and beyond from beginning to end for you. He always makes himself available day and night to discuss and explain the details of your case or to just give a positive and comforting word. He delivers on every promise he makes. Our situation could not have gone any better. I highly recommend Gerald Miller and his team.
    Sam Hanson
    Sam Hanson
    07:48 08 Mar 21
    Spoke with Mr Miller about my case. He was able to walk me through every aspect and what my option were without even charging me for the consultation. He was extremely helpful and generally wanted to help me. I would recommend him to anyone who needed representation.

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