Should I hire an attorney for a summons for disorderly conduct summons?

I received a pink summons slip for being supposedly in violation of Disorderly Conduct: 240.21(1) with a court date scheduled for three months from now. I would like to know what exactly my options are. If I plead Guilty, what penalties will I likely be facing? Should I hire a criminal law attorney? In NYC, NY.

Asked on September 18, 2011 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It may be best for you to go and seek consultation with a criminal attorney in your area about the charge.  This charge, under 240.20 of the New York Penal Code, is a kind of catch all charge for the DA's office.  It has been said that it is the most charge offered in a plea bargain say for a misdemeanor charge.  The good thing here is that the charge does not generally result or impact a criminal record.  But it does have a surcharge ($) and can be seen on a back ground check.  Often criminal attorneys can have the charge reduced to an ACD (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal) and that there are motions associated with this charge that can help you if it is based upon something like fighting, etc.  Seek legal help.


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