Crimes against public order are crimes that, in theory, interfere with the normal operations of society. In practice, the category acts like more of a catch-all for offenses that do not fit neatly into any of the other categories of offenses. Some, though not all, crimes against public order are victimless crimes. If you receive a citation for one of these crimes, your citation will often list the “State of Georgia” or even “public order” as the “victim.”
Many of these crimes are ordinance violations as well as state law violations. This can be to your advantage if you have the right Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney on your side because local ordinance violations typically carry much lighter maximum penalties than do state law violations. The right attorney may be able to negotiate a plea to a local ordinance violation rather than a state law violation, resulting in a potentially shorter probation or jail term. But that’s not to say that there are no defenses in these cases, or that you should necessarily take a plea. Even a local ordinance violation is potentially embarrassing and disruptive to your life.
If you have been charged with a “crime against public order,” call me today.