Cherry Hill NJ Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney in Camden County, New Jersey
The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leonard D. Biddison represent clients charged with a range of offenses including aggravated assault, criminal sexual contact, and driving while intoxicated (DWI). The attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison have had tremendous success handling these offenses for years in Camden County including Haddonfield, Gloucester, Cherry Hill, and Winslow Twp. Also, one of the members of our criminal defense team is a former municipal prosecutor in New Jersey who used to prosecute a variety of charges for the State including disorderly conduct.
Disorderly conduct is one of the most common offenses in New Jersey since the statute was written to include a huge variety of situations including bar fights or being loud in the streets. Many times alcohol is a factor when it comes to disorderly conduct so we realize that these charges can happen to anyone. A conviction for this offense can result in jail time, community service, probation, and a mark on your record that could affect future educational and employment opportunities. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, you need a talented and experienced lawyer to obtain the most desirable outcome in your case. Call the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 866-721-9510 anytime for a free initial consultation.
Disorderly Conduct Lawyer in Camden NJ
New Jersey’s disorderly conduct law is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 which provides:
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.
Note: Under the statute, public is defined as affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access; among the places included are highways, transport facilities, schools, prisons, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, or any neighborhood.
Disorderly Conduct Penalties in New Jersey
Disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense and the case is therefore handled in the municipal court in the municipality where the offense took place. Penalties for disorderly conduct can include:
- Up to 30 days in jail,
- A substantial fine,
- Permanent mark on your record
- Community service
Note: With the help of an experienced attorney who has knowledge of courtroom procedures, this offense can sometimes be amended or downgraded to a non-criminal offense, in which case you will incur a fine but you will not receive a mark on your record.
Contact a Gloucester NJ Disorderly Conduct Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and can begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you against a disorderly conduct charge. Our criminal defense team understands the details of the law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against these charges. Call us today at 866-721-9510 for a free initial consultation about your case.