Disorderly Conduct in Michigan: Charges and Penalties

Disorderly Conduct Charges and Penalties in Michigan

Has anyone you know been charged with disorderly conduct in Michigan?

Most people can think of a moment when they were extremely disappointed or angry when they went to pick up something and it was not what they asked for.

One Bloomfield Hills, Michigan mother may have taken her expression of anger a tad too far, and it has gotten her in trouble with the law.

When Tricia Ann Kortes, went to pick up her son’s Batman vs Superman birthday cake from a local Kroger, she was disappointed in what she saw. According to the employees and eye witness, Kortes stormed behind the counter to fix the cake. As a result, she was told her she could not be back there, and she drop-kicked her son’s birthday cake.

An expression of frustration, anger, and even a choice word or two might be understandable. However, for Kortes, 46, it crossed a line.

Using the name and number on the file for the birthday cake, police were able to contact Kortes. When confronted, Kortes admitted she was upset about the poor quality of the cake’s decoration and that it was not was she expected. She said she did not drop kick the cake, but it fell from her hands. In addition, she said that the Kroger employee told her to go behind the counter.

While Kortes might have a different opinion of what happened, eye witnesses, and employees have different story. One eye witness stated that she not only threw the cake down, but stomped on it several times before storming out of the grocery store.

Disorderly Conduct Charges

Kortes is being changed with tumultuous conduct for disturbing the public peace. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor under Michigan law. This isn’t the first time that Kortes has had run-ins with the law.

According to the Detroit News, Kortes plead no contest in June for disorderly person when she was charged with assault and battery in 2015, based on court records. At the time she was fined $500 and required to attend an education program.

There was another incident in 2013 where Kortes went by another name, Tricia Schull. She was charged with a misdemeanor and was given a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Each state and city might have more specific regulations what is normally seen as disorderly conduct. It is seen somewhat as a “catch-all” for many different offensives. For example, it could be used for:

  • A prostitute
  • Window peeper
  • A beggar in public
  • Or being intoxicated in public

The penalty for disorderly conduct in Michigan is a misdemeanor. If convicted, a person can receive up to 90 days in prison and a fine for no more than $500.

Seek Experienced Help for Disorderly Conduct Charges

If you are being charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct or it is a possibility you might be charged, seek an experienced defense attorney. In many instances the charges can reduced or completely dropped preventing you from having a criminal record. In a case like Ann Kortes, she has had other prior offenses that can be used against her in court.

If you are in a similar position, it is even more important that you see experienced help. Contact us today.