East Rutherford Disorderly Conduct Defense Attorneys
Disorderly conduct may initially appear to be a minor infraction, but New Jersey prosecutors take these charges very seriously and under State law, a conviction for disorderly conduct is punishable by up to 3 months of imprisonment. In addition, being found guilty of disorderly conduct will result in a criminal conviction that tarnishes your record and may serve as an impediment as you seek employment and pursue other opportunities in the future. In order to effectively address these charges and to position yourself to achieve the best possible result, it is essential to enlist an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The Tormey Law Firm boasts a team of highly skilled criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorneys who represent clients charged with a vast array of offenses such as disorderly conduct, simple assault, shoplifting, and marijuana possession in Bergen County, New Jersey. With offices conveniently located in downtown Hackensack, across the street from the Hackensack Municipal Court and just steps from the Bergen County Courthouse, the lawyers at The Tormey Law Firm appear in courts across northern New Jersey on a daily basis, including those found in East Rutherford, Montvale, Cliffside Park, Elmwood Park, Paramus and Fort Lee.
As a nationally-recognized criminal trial attorney, Travis J. Tormey, the firm’s founder, has been cited as a legal resource for disorderly conduct charges. In fact, his blog posting “Snooki Arrested for Being Snooki: What Defines Disorderly Conduct?” was quoted in an article by AOL News. For a free consultation with Mr. Tormey regarding your disorderly conduct case in New Jersey, contact his Hackensack office at (201)-330-4979.
Disorderly Conduct in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2
A criminal charge for disorderly conduct in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, which prohibits fighting or threatening another person, or creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition. Even using offensive language can constitute a violation of this statute under the State’s criminal code. Specifically, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 states that any of the following constitutes a disorderly conduct offense:
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.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in New Jersey
As indicated above, disorderly conduct is considered a petty disorderly persons offense, which will be adjudicated at the local municipal court in the municipality in which the alleged offense occurred. In New Jersey, a conviction for a petty disorderly persons offense will typically result in a criminal charge on your record and may also entail consequences including a 30-day jail sentence and a fine of up to $500.00.
Unbeknownst to many, disorderly conduct charges can often be downgraded to non-criminal offenses, called municipal ordinance violations, which simply require the payment of a fine and do not result in a charge on your criminal record. With the assistance of a seasoned defense attorney who is well-versed in State law and courtroom procedure in New Jersey, you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving this outcome.
Call our Hackensack NJ Disorderly Conduct Lawyers for Immediate Assistance
If you or a loved one has been charged with disorderly conduct in New Jersey, contact the attorneys at the Bergen County, NJ Tormey Law Firm for immediate assistance. Our lawyers can be contacted day or night at (201)-330-4979 to provide the answers to your questions. You can also use our online contact form or schedule an appointment at our office, centrally located in Hackensack, NJ.