Farrah Franklin, a former member of the popular R&B group Destiny’s Child, was recently arrested in South Carolina on charges of disorderly conduct. Franklin, who was only in Destiny’s Child for five months before leaving the group in 2000, was taken in by officers after a night of partying in Myrtle Beach. While disorderly conduct isn’t a major offense, it can still bring about some severe consequences. How big of a deal is a disorderly conduct charge in Las Vegas?
Disorderly Conduct in Nevada
Disorderly conduct can be defined by a number of factors, including participating in a fight, challenging another person to a fight, addressing another person with profane or obscene language, committing a breach of peace, inciting a disturbance or harassing or accosting someone in a manner that could incite a disturbance. In Nevada, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense that carries penalties of up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. A disorderly conduct charge can impact your criminal records, which potential employers can see upon a background check. Fortunately, if you have one of the top criminal lawyers in Las Vegas on your side, you may be able to fight the charge in court.
In the case of Franklin, the singer was arrested after a night with NFL players Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp. After spending the night in Myrtle Beach, the trio returned to Sapp’s house, which is when Franklin began to cause a disturbance. Reports state that Franklin was yelling, slamming doors and would not stop when asked to, and was found lying in a neighbor’s lawn when police arrived.
This isn’t Franklin’s first disorderly conduct charge. In 2011, the R&B singer was arrested in South Carolina for the same charge. Allegedly claiming that she was the victim of racial profiling, this recent offense puts that claim into question. Members of Destiny’s Child say that Franklin was dismissed from the group in 2000 because she missed multiple promotional events, but Franklin claims it was due to a lack of input and a general negativity in the group.
Disorderly conduct charges are among the most cited offenses in Nevada, acting as a catch-all offense that cops can apply to just about any violent situation. If you or someone you know has been charged with disorderly conduct, contact the law offices of Gabriel Grasso today at (702) 868-8866 for more information or to set up a consultation.