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Burlington County Disorderly Conduct Attorneys

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Mount Laurel, NJ

Disorderly conduct is difficult to explain in just one sentence. That is because it can refer to a variety of acts or behaviors, including threats, public drunkenness or physical assault. If charged with disorderly conduct, under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, you will be facing a misdemeanor petty disorderly persons offense. This is the lowest level criminal offense, however, it still carries the possibility of jail time. It is important that you understand what qualifies as disorderly conduct in Burlington County, New Jersey. What one officer may deem to be a criminal offense for disorderly conduct, may actually be protected speech under the first amendment. If you or someone in your family have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in one of the following municipalities: Bordentown Township, Bordentown City, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Florence, Maple Shade, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Palmyra, Pemberton, Riverside Township, Southampton, Westampton Township or Willingboro Township, contact the lawyers at Proetta, Oliver & Fay. Our office is located in Mount Laurel and we are available for an immediate consultation by calling 609-850-8284.

Disorderly Conduct Charges in Evesham, NJ

As previously mentioned, a large variety of conduct could qualify as grounds for disorderly conduct criminal charges. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, these types of conduct are broken-down into two sections: Improper Behavior and Offensive Language.

Improper Behavior
A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he:
        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.

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 so doing, 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.”

Actions Considered Disorderly Conduct in New Jersey 

Improper behavior is an intent offense, which means that the offender intends to inconvenience, annoy, or alarm others, which is an element of the offense. Examples include scuffles outside of a business on a public sidewalk, pushing people lined up to enter a stadium, or throwing exploding firecrackers in the middle of a busy street.

As for offensive language, “offensive” is contextual, meaning the circumstances, setting, and people present are elements of the offense. For example, when someone shouts profane insults to elderly folks as they leave their place of worship, the circumstances suggest that the individual means to offend or annoy worshipers seeking solace and solemnity, not curse words and insults. But even if the shouts were not directed at the senior adults but were so loud that they could hear them, the offender may still be charged with disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct occurs in public, specified by law as places where people have access or assemble, such as entertainment spots, businesses, schools, highways, and apartment houses. Creating a disturbance in the privacy of your own home where no one can hear you shouting profanities is not going to offend the public and is probably not disorderly conduct.

What are the Court Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in New Jersey?

As  petty disorderly persons offense, disorderly conduct is technically a criminal charge. This means that you will be facing serious penalties if convicted by the municipal judge. Specifically, as a petty disorderly persons offense, you are facing up to thirty (30) days in the Burlington County Jail, fines, possibility probation, community service and a criminal record. With these types of penalties looming, it is important that you seek out and obtain representation on your matter. Our firm has handled countless disorderly conduct cases for clients and obtained dismissals, downgrades and diversionary programs for our clients. In each of these instances, our client was able to avoid the stain of a criminal conviction.

Moorestown NJ Disorderly Conduct Attorneys

For an immediate consultation with a Burlington County Criminal Defense Lawyer, call 609-850-8284. Our firm is available to consultation 24/7 and we will happily discuss the merits of your case with you or your family. Firm partner and former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General, William C. Fay, IV, spent his career prosecuting cases for the State’s Attorney General and has shifted his practice to criminal defense work. Whether you are facing charges as an adult or a juvenile, we can help. Our attorneys have handled countless juvenile matters and can represent in your matter involving Disorderly Conduct, Terroristic Threats, Criminal Mischief, Theft of Movable Property, Simple Assault, Harassment, Resisting Arrest or Shoplifting. Call today and find out what we can do for you in your case. 

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Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. We are available weekdays during business hours. We also meet with clients on evenings and weekends by request. We have four office locations conveniently located in Jersey City, Edison, Middletown, Cranford, Burlington, and Hamilton. All major credit cards are accepted.

Burlington Office

525 Highway 73,
Suite 104, Marlton,
New Jersey 08053
Phone: 609-850-8284
By Appointment Only

Hamilton Office

100 Horizon Center
Boulevard, Hamilton,
New Jersey, 08691
By Appointment Only

Point Pleasant Office

3828 River Road,
Suite A, Point Pleasant,
New Jersey 08742
By Appointment Only

Middletown Office

180 Kings Highway,
Middletown Township,
New Jersey 07748
By Appointment Only