Our client was a retired grandmother in her 60s who was charged with disorderly conduct. She was at a hospital and wanted to remove her grandchildren from the hospital when hospital personnel asked her to leave. She was walking away when security accosted her. The stop by security resulted in the disorderly conduct charge.
Her charge was a Class One misdemeanor, which means she could have been sentenced to jail time and a fine of up to $2,500. She turned to the Roanoke criminal defense lawyers at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico for help.
When we looked at her case, it was apparent that the prosecutors couldn’t meet the elements of the offense and prove our client’s guilt. There was nothing disorderly about this grandmother’s conduct at the hospital. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed to nolle prosequi the case, which means the charges weren’t pursued.
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