Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct (NJSA 2C:33-2a) in East Rutherford, New Jersey

By Travis Tormey on Monday, October 1, 2012

According to the East Rutherford Police blotter on, a man was arrested for disorderly conduct in East Rutherford, NJ recently after an altercation at a bar. According to the story:

On Aug. 24, at approximately 11:35 p.m., a 32-year-old man from East Rutherford, was arrested for disorderly conduct following an altercation at the New Park Tavern. The defendant reportedly tried to leave the bar with drinks and had gotten into an altercation with the bar’s security. He allegedly began to scream at officers who tried to speak with him, and appeared to be intoxicated. After unsuccessful attempts to calm him down, police arrested the defendant for disorderly conduct, according to the police report.

A criminal charge for disorderly conduct in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S. 2C:33-2 which provides in pertinent part:

§ 2C:33-2. Disorderly Conduct

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 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.

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 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.

The defendant is facing a permanent criminal charge on his record, a $500 fine, and up to ninety (90) days in the Bergen County Jail if he is convicted of this offense.


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