I got charged with disorderly conduct and its my first time being in trouble, what do I expect or do?
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It's not clear from your answer whether you're charged with a domestic assault or merely "obstructing legal process" by not moving in the physical directions they told you to go, which, if true, is a sketchy case. Lots of interesting case law on obstruction. If you don't have income, you qualify for the public defender. Don't think you have to have a bunch of money to fight a case like this. There are really great public defenders in this state, and if your appointed lawyer isn't getting the job done, you can always hire another lawyer midway through the process. Just don't wait till right before trial.
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It’s a misdemeanor so take it seriously and consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area for help with this case.
How old are you? I would not count on your "I had to go to the bathroom" as a solid defense, but other defenses and factors may help you. Guess what. Yes, an attorney would help you a lot.
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