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, MapleShade, Medford, Moorestown, MountHolly,MountLaurel, Palmyra, Pemberton, RiversideTownship, Southampton, WestamptonTownship or WillingboroTownship, contact the lawyers at Proetta & Oliver. 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.”
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.
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