Police Charge Allenwood Man for Disorderly Conduct for Setting His Saggy Pants Ablaze

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

When you wear oversized pants, chances are they might slide down your hips, forcing you to pull them back up continuously. Annoying, right? But if you let your frustrations override your judgment and do what Joshua Brown, 28, of Allenwood, did — shed those saggy pants in public and then light them on fire — don't be surprised if the spectacle lands you in hot water with law enforcement.  

That's just what happened to Brown in early January. State police were called to the 1900 block of Eighth Street in Delaware Township to find that a frustrated and pants-less Brown had removed his saggy britches and set them ablaze. It was no laughing matter for Brown, though. Police charged him with disorderly conduct. If you find yourself charged with disorderly conduct, contact the Criminal Defense Team at LLF Law Firm today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form, and let us fight for you. 

Disorderly Conduct Charge Is No Laughing Matter in Pennsylvania 

The Pennsylvania legislature defines disorderly conduct as intentionally “causing public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm or recklessly creating a risk” of such behavior. This includes: 

  • Engaging in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;  
  • Making unreasonable noise;  
  • Using obscene language, making an obscene gesture; or 
  • Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose  

Courts grade a disorderly conduct offense as either a summary offense or, in cases where a person causes a serious public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, a third-degree misdemeanor.  

A conviction for a summary offense for disorderly conduct can get you up to 90 days in jail, a $300 fine plus court costs, and a criminal record for at least five years. A conviction of a third-degree misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct can get you up to 1 year in jail, a $2,000 fine, and a permanent criminal record. The long-term consequences of a criminal record can be devastating, restricting your job opportunities, limiting your career choices, and even affecting your ability to obtain or maintain a professional license or certification. If you're facing disorderly conduct charges, you need the Criminal Defense Team at LLF Law Firm on your side.  

How LLF Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team Can Build a Strong Defense for You 

Being charged with disorderly conduct is no laughing matter. You face jail time and fines and may even end up with a criminal record. Having a criminal record can put a fast end to your plans for the future. You need a strong Criminal Defense Team to build a solid case in your defense — an experienced team of defense attorneys who will turn over every stone to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Don't take on this battle on your own. Contact the Criminal Defense Team at LLF Law Firm today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form, and let us fight for you. 

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