New Jersey Public Disturbance Disorderly Conduct Charges Attorney
Disorderly conduct has a wide definition, but generally occurs when someone purposely acts recklessly or offensively in a public place. This can include improper behavior such as fighting, dangerous conduct, threatening, cursing or swearing in public, reckless behavior, misbehavior, disruptive or obnoxious behavior, or preventing a police officer from doing his duties. The penalties for disorderly conduct convictions include a $500 fine, up to 30 days in prison, possible community service, and possible probation.
If you've received a charge, ticket, summons, or criminal complaint for disorderly conduct in Monmouth County, it's important to contact a criminal defense lawyer before you take any action, especially going to court . Even though disorderly conduct is a petty offense, the applicable penalties can disrupt your life and damage your reputation unless your charges are handled properly.
My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, and I am a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney with more than 35 years of experience. I've successfully defended thousands of individuals charged with disorderly conduct, and I can help you too. Contact me online or at 1-866-664-8118 to schedule a free initial consultation. I defend individuals in Asbury Park, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Freehold, Long Branch, Brielle, and throughout New Jersey.
Monmouth County Disorderly Conduct Charges
There are two main ways to commit a disorderly conduct offense: improper behavior and offensive language. To be convicted, the prosecution must prove all of the following elements:
Improper behavior. Disorderly conduct based on improper behavior occurs when a person:
- acts with the purpose to cause a public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a risk thereof;
- by engaging in fighting, threatening, or otherwise violent or tumultuous behavior;
- or by creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
Offensive language. Disorderly conduct based on offensive language occurs when a person:
- acts in a public place; and
- with the purpose to offend the feelings of any listener or in reckless disregard of the probability of doing so;
- he utters toward any person present offensively coarse or abusive language in an unreasonably loud voice, given the circumstances of the people present and the settings of the utterance.
What does "public" mean? Under New Jersey's disorderly conduct law, "public" means affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial portion of the public has access. Public places include highways, transportation facilities, schools, prisons, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, or any neighborhood.
Disorderly Conduct Penalties
Disorderly Conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense, and if convicted the penalties are relatively minor, including a $500 fine and up to 30 days in prison. Nonetheless, Disorderly Conduct is not a charge you want on your permanent record. It is important to contact an experienced attorney who will defend your charge, and in the unfortunate event of a conviction, have your record sealed or expunged.
Disorderly Conduct Attorney
I have years of experience assisting individuals who have been charged with various offenses in the Monmouth County, and I am dedicated to protecting the rights of the individuals who have been charged with disorderly conduct. Schedule a free initial consultation with me today, either online or at 1-866-664-8118, and we'll discuss your situation and the best strategies for getting your charges downgraded or dismissed. I know that even a minor charge can be nerve racking, and I will help resolve your charges as easily and efficiently as possible.
The law office of Palumbo & Renaud is a criminal defense law firm with offices in Cranford, Elizabeth and Newark. Palumbo & Renaud represents clients with many different types of criminal charges, including: