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States, including Wisconsin, have created public peace and safety laws to prevent their residents from being disturbed by unreasonably offensive conduct. These laws are commonly known as disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace laws.
Public Intoxication in Wisconsin
Another component of public order laws is public intoxication laws. Many states have enacted these to keep alcohol drinking out of public spaces. While Wisconsin doesn't consider drinking in public or being drunk in public alone to be a crime, a person who is drunk can be placed in protective custody by a police officer. This can be either taking to a public treatment facility, an emergency medical facility, or holding at the station where other options aren't available, but without any record indicating there's an arrest.
Wisconsin's disorderly conduct related laws are outlined in the table below.
The following disorderly conduct offenses are a crime in Wisconsin:
Disorderly Conduct - Engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, unreasonably loud, or other behavior where the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance, but unless there's a criminal or malicious intent, loading, carrying, or being armed with a firearm isn't a violation of this law. Examples of disorderly conduct include appearing on stage nude to elicit audience reaction and defying a police officer's order to move.