Written by attorney Jeremy S Geigle

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage, & Assault

29-year-old Iraq war veteran turned Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, Megan Welter was recently arrested by Scottsdale police after getting into a physical altercation with her boyfriend.

On the night of July 20, Welter and her boyfriend reportedly went out drinking to celebrate her birthday. However, the night turned sour after the pair returned home when Welter discovered a text message conversation between her boyfriend and his ex. At some point following, Welter called 911 and told police that she had asked her boyfriend to leave her residence, but he had instead choked her and slammed her head into the floor.

Cell Phone Evidence

Once police arrived on the scene, a video taken from the cell phone of Welter’s boyfriend painted a very different picture of the night’s events. The footage shows Welter clawing at her boyfriend’s head while screaming and mocking him.

As officers could identify no signs of abuse, injuries, or markings on Welter, the only evidence they were able to obtain was the cell phone video. Welter was consequently taken into custody and is facing charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage.

Disorderly Conduct Charges in AZ

In Arizona, disorderly conduct can be charged if a person, knowingly or with intent to disturb the quiet or peace of a family, person, or neighborhood, does any of the following:

  1. Makes unreasonable noise
  2. Uses offensive or abusive language or gestures to any person in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation
  3. Engages in violent or seriously disruptive behavior, or fighting
  4. Refuses to obey the lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a hazard, fire, or other emergency
  5. Makes a protracted display, commotion, or utterance with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful procession, meeting, or gathering
  6. Recklessly displays, handles, or discharges a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon

If disorderly conduct is committed pursuant to paragraph 6 of the above statute ( A.R.S. 13-2904), it will be charged as a class 6 felony in AZ; if committed pursuant to any other paragraph, it will be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor.

While disorderly conduct is not as serious as assault, it can still land you with harsh penalties like jail time and large fines.

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