Like most states, Rhode Island’s disorderly conduct statute encompasses broad language, which allows law enforcement officials to arrest individuals for engaging in a variety of disruptive and/or offensive behaviors. Stated differently, disorderly conduct laws are often used as a catch-all charge for trivial offenses. In some cases, individuals are only charged with disorderly conduct; however, a count of disorderly conduct is often added in conjunction to other charges. For example, if an individual is charged with simple assault and resisting arrest, he or she may also be charged with a count of disorderly conduct. In Rhode Island, the penalties for disorderly conduct include a period of imprisonment for up to 6 months, a fine up to $500, or both. It is important to note, however, that charges for domestic disorderly conduct may carry additional penalties. Domestic disorderly conduct occurs when an individual commits a disorderly act against another family or household member. Penalties for domestic disorderly conduct include completion of a batterer’s intervention program and fees in addition to the aforementioned disorderly conduct penalties.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, 11-45-1, an individual commits disorderly conduct if he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
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