Indiana Disorderly Conduct Laws

Indiana law prohibits disorderly conduct and, commonly associated with this behavior, drinking in public. The "Offenses Against Public Order" chapter of Indiana's criminal code covers three Indiana public safety violations with specific laws on rioting and flag desecration, in addition to disorderly conduct. The public intoxication law is in the Alcohol and Tobacco section of the Indiana code.

The Indiana disorderly conduct law and its penalties are outline in the table below.

Code Sections

Indiana Code, Title 35: Criminal Law & Procedure, Article 45: Offenses Against Public Health, Order, and Decency, Chapter 1: Offenses Against Public Order

Indiana Code, Title 7.1: Alcohol and Tobacco, Article 5: Crimes and Infractions, Chapter 1: General Provisions & Public Intoxication

What is Prohibited?

Indiana law makes it illegal to recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally engage in several types of acts, including:

  1. Fighting or engaging in conduct that is likely to cause serious injury to a person or substantial property damage
  2. Continuing to make unreasonable noise after being asked to stop
  3. Disrupting a group of people

Indiana law also prohibits public intoxication, that is, being intoxicated in a public place due to alcohol or drugs, if the person does any of the following:


Penalties for disorderly conduct and public intoxication in Indiana vary depending on the defendant's conduct and where the conduct occurred.

Generally, disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor. However, if the conduct occurred in either of the following locations, it is a Level 6 Felony (lowest felony level):

  • An airport or affects airport traffic
  • Within 500 feet of a burial, funeral procession, funeral service, wake, etc. if the person knows the burial, funeral, or viewing is occurring and it affects the funeral or memorial service.

Public intoxication is also a Class B misdemeanor. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, a Level 6 Felony is punishable by between 6 months and 2.5 years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Indiana criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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