What is the law on Disorderly Conduct in Merriam Municipal Court?

The city of Merriam has a code or ordinances that govern the people that are inside of the city limits. If you enter Merriam and it is alleged that you have violated one of the city codes then you must appear before the Merriam Municipal Court. The Merriam Municipal Court adjudges the cases brought before it by applying the city code to the facts of the case and determining if the city has met their burden of proof. The city ordinances are written, voted on and approved by the city counsel. The city of Merriam has adopted a prewritten set of ordinances promulgated by the Kansas League of Municipalities. Each city has an option to adopt this prewritten uniform code so as to avoid the cost, effort and time associated with passing their own individual laws. The city of Merriam has adopted this code for criminalizing Disorderly Conduct within the city limits.

Sec. 9.1. Disorderly Conduct

(a) Disorderly conduct is one or more of the following acts that the person knows or should know will alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or other breach of the peace:

  1. Brawling or fighting;

  2. Disturbing an assembly, meeting or procession, not unlawful in its character; or

  3. Using fighting words or engaging in noisy conduct tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger or resentment in others.

(b) Disorderly conduct is a Class C violation. (K.S.A. 21-6203)

Possible Punishment

*Class C Violations are punishable by up to 30 days in the Johnson County Jail, however, most Class C Violations are eligible for probation

I've been charged with Disorderly Conduct in the Merriam Municipal Court, now what do I do?

You are already on the right path. Anytime you are charged with violating the law, it's best to read up on what the law actually is. If you have fond this page you are already doing your research. Disorderly Conduct, like most laws, can be a little confusing. Reading up on the disorderly conduct law will often lead to more questions than answers. After you've read the law, the next step should be doing more in-depth research on your situation. Try reading out common questions associated with Disorderly Conduct in Kansas section. This will answer some questions you may have about your particular situation and might even lead you to answering some questions you haven't even thought of yet. After you've read the law, read the commonly asked questions it's time to sit down with an experienced criminal defense lawyer and get the lay of the land. You can best use your time meeting with prospective lawyers by asking substantive questions based on the new knowledge you have gained by researching, however, it is also important to ask about the people and personalities in the Merriam Municipal Court. Having counsel that is experienced in the Merriam Municipal Court and knows the "ins and outs" of the Court is just as valuable as having the legal knowledge to fight your case.