Seaside Heights Criminal Defense Lawyer
Disorderly conduct is broadly defined under New Jersey law, but it generally it occurs when someone acts recklessly or offensively in a public place. Many situations can result in charges of disorderly conduct, including being drunk in public, creating a public disturbance by fighting with a loved one, or carrying out a practical joke in a public location.
Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Seaside Heights?
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a Seaside Heights Disorderly Conduct Lawyer and partner at the Seaside Heights Law Firm Palumbo & Renaud, and if you've run into trouble at the shore with disorderly conduct charges, I can help. With over 35 years of criminal trial experience, I know what's necessary to make sure you receive the lightest punishment possible for your crime and hopefully avoid a future criminal record. Contact me today through the email form on my website or at 1-866-664-8118 for a free initial consultation.
If you've received a charge, ticket, summons, or criminal complaint for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, it's important to contact an Ocean County criminal defense lawyer before you take any action, especially going to court. The following page provides an overview of the possible penalties for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, but please understand that this page is in no way a replacement for consulting with a Seaside Attorney about the facts of your case.
Seaside Heights 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.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Seaside Heights
Disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense with penalties including a fine of up to $500, a sentence of up to 30 days in prison, possible community service, and possible probation.
The Importance of Having a Seaside Heights Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer
It's easy for a person to have an "off-night" and be charged with disorderly conduct for engaging in behavior such as public intoxication or having a rowdy night out with friends. But don't assume that disorderly conduct charges will take care of themselves-even though the charges may seem minor now, a conviction can become a permanent part of your criminal record and can interfere with your life in the future if it isn't handled properly. Because of this, it's important to contact an Ocean County Criminal Defense Lawyer who will defend your charge, and in the unfortunate event of a conviction, work to have your record sealed or expunged.
If you've been charged with disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights and you need an attorney, please contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, for a free and confidential consultation at 1-866-664-8118 or through the email form on my website. I'm a disorderly conduct lawyer and a partner at the criminal defense law firm Palumbo & Renaud, and I've been working in the Seaside Heights and Ocean County courts for more than 35 years. My knowledge and experience with the prosecutors and judges in these courts has given me particular insights into how to best present disorderly conduct cases before them, and this is an advantage that only an experienced local attorney can bring to your case.