Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Disorderly Conduct/Obstruction of Justice (Explained)

As an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney, I get a lot of questions. Recently I have been asked about Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing Legal Process.  If what I have posed below does not help, please feel free to Call the Rolloff Law Office to set up a Free Consultation,

Disorderly Conduct is charged when a person does any of the following in a public or private place, including on a school bus, knowing, or having reasonable grounds to know that it will, or will tend to, alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace, is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor:

  • (1) engages in brawling or fighting; or
  • (2) disturbs an assembly or meeting, not unlawful in its character; or
  • (3) engages in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct or in offensive, obscene, or abusive language tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.
See Minn. Stat. § 609.72

Obstruction of Legal Process is charged when a person intentionally does any of the following:
  • (1) obstructs, hinders, or prevents the lawful execution of any legal process, civil or criminal, or apprehension of another on a charge or conviction of a criminal offense;
  • (2) obstructs, resists, or interferes with a peace officer while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties;
  • (3) interferes with or obstructs a firefighter while the firefighter is engaged in the performance of official duties;
  • (4) interferes with or obstructs a member of an ambulance service personnel crew, as defined in section 144E.001, subdivision 3a, who is providing, or attempting to provide emergency care; or
  • (5) by force or threat of force endeavors to obstruct any employee of the Department of Revenue while the employee is lawfully engaged in the performance of official duties for the purpose of deterring or interfering with the performance of those duties.

See Minn. Stat. § 609.50

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