Disorderly conduct is a common offense that is frequently charged in a lot of the “party towns” such as Westfield, Union Township, Cranford and as far down as the Jersey Shore in Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Manasquan. This is because these offenses are usually alcohol related such as public intoxication, bar fights, and yelling or causing a scene on the street. Disorderly conduct is a criminal charge and a conviction will not only remain on your permanent record and affect employment but will also expose you to additional penalties such as probation, community service, and even county jail. At the Proetta & Oliver we represent clients charged with disorderly conduct throughout New Jersey, including in Kenilworth, Linden, Elizabeth, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Roselle Park, and Springfield. We have the experience of handling over thousands of criminal and municipal court charges including disorderly conduct cases. If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with disorderly conduct it is in your best interest to hire an experienced criminal lawyer to defend your interests. If you would like to discuss your case in more detail you can contact our Cranford office at (908) 838-0150 for a free initial consultation.
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2: New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Law
The Disorderly Conduct law is an intentionally designed to be a broad sweeping statute that includes a wide range of conduct. The New Jersey statute 2C:33-2 is provided below in pertinent part for your reading convenience:
a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly create a risk thereof he or she:
(1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or
(2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
b. Offensive language. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense if, in a public place, and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of doing so, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
Springfield Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyers
Basically, to be convicted of disorderly conduct in New Jersey the state need only prove that you acted with the purpose to cause annoyance, public inconvenience or alarm, either through physical acts or words. Disorderly conduct is considered a petty disorderly persons offense (petty misdemeanor) and for that reason you can be sentenced to jail for up to 30 days. In our practice we often see disorderly conduct companion charges such as Harassment, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, or Criminal Trespass. At Proetta & Oliver we take protecting our clients legal rights very seriously and you can feel confidant that you have the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the court system. If you would like to speak with a disorderly conduct lawyer during an initial consultation contact our office at (908) 838-0150. We are available 24/7.