Public crimes are typically those that offend the general public at large because there is no particular victim or victims. Nonetheless, public crimes or crimes against the public should be taken seriously because most carry a possible period of incarceration and/or a substantial fine. The most common public crimes that we help people in Baltimore County with are disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, making a false statement to a police officer, and obstruction of justice. However, we can with other, less commonly charged, public crimes as well. If you charged with a public crime, an experienced Baltimore County criminal defense attorney can work closely with you to develop a strong defense and avoid a criminal conviction altogether or minimize the potential consequences of a conviction. Contact our office today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you if you have been charged with a crime against the public.
Disorderly conduct, or what is sometimes referred to as disturbing the peace, is a public crime in which a person willfully acts in a disorderly manner that disturbs the public peace. See Md. Code Criminal Law 10-201. A person who is convicted of disorderly conduct is guilty of a misdemeanor offense and subject to a maximum possible penalty of up to 60 days of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $500.00. Read more about disorderly conduct here.
Failure to Obey a Law Enforcement Officer
False Statement to a Police Officer
It is a public crime for a person to make, or cause to be made, a statement, report, or complaint that the person knows to be false as a whole or in material part, to a law enforcement officer with intent to deceive and to cause an investigation or other action to be taken as a result of the statement, report, or complaint. See Md. Code Criminal Law 9-501. A person who is convicted of making a false statement to a police officer is guilty of a misdemeanor offense and subject to a maximum possible penalty of up to six months of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $500.00.
Obstruction of Justice
Under Maryland law, it is a public crime for a person to, by threat, force, or corrupt means, obstruct, impede, or try to obstruct or impede the administration of justice. See Md. Code Criminal Law 9-306. A person who is convicted of obstructing justice is guilty of a misdemeanor offense and subject to a maximum possible penalty of up to five years of incarceration and/or up to a $10,000.00 fine.
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