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Disorderly conduct is a broad term used in describing actions of individuals that can either disturb the peace or endanger the morals of a community. Under Georgia law, disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to acting violently toward another individual, using vulgar language while in the presence of anyone under the age of 14, and using language that provokes a violent reaction (otherwise known as "fighting words"). Disorderly conduct can encompass a number of offenses, so while they don't necessarily bring harm to another individual, they simply "disturb the peace."

In the state of Georgia, disorderly conduct is considered a misdemeanor. The penalty for being charged with this offense can include up to one year in jail and up to $1000 in fines. Public drunkenness, also a misdemeanor, is not considered disorderly conduct in the state of Georgia and is a separate offense altogether. However, it carries a similar penalty.

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