Disorderly Conduct and Disorderly Intoxication are crimes in Florida. To be arrested for Disorderly Intoxication, you have to be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or cause a public disturbance. Just smelling like alcohol and acting intoxicated is not enough to convict you on a charge of Disorderly Intoxication. You have to also create a public disturbance or endanger the public. Also, if you are on your own property, that is not a “public” place for purposes of this law.
Disorderly Conduct requires you to engage in conduct that corrupted the public morals, outraged the sense of public decency, affected the peace and quiet of people, or amounted to fighting or brawling. Cursing at police officers does not constitute Disorderly Conduct. Also, if no crowd had gathered in response to your conduct or if a crowd gathered, your comments were directed at the police and not meant to incite the crowd, you have not committed the crime of Disorderly Conduct.
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