Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct is commonly referred to as ‘disturbing the peace’ or ‘a breach of the peace’. In NJ, disorderly conduct is placed in two categories:

Engaging in any of these actions can result in an arrest and charges being leveled against you. It is important to note that the ‘public’ refers to a place where the general population or a substantial subset of that population has access to. These include malls, apartment blocks, schools, highways, buses, trains and subways among others.

  • Improper behavior – where an individual deliberately causes public inconvenience, alarm or annoyance, or engages in reckless behavior such as fights or creates hazardous conditions that creates a risk.
  • Offensive language – where a person purposely offends another’s sensibilities through coarse and abusive language uttered loudly in a public place.
Disorderly Conduct

Consequences of a Disorderly Conduct Charge

The law makes a distinction between petty disorderly person’soffenses and disorderly persons offenses. Petty disorderly person’s offenses, involving offenses such as disorderly conduct or harassment of another person, can attract the following penalties:

  1. If convicted, the standard NJ disorderly conduct penalty is set at a $500 fine or more and up to 30 days in jail.
  2. There will be permanent mark on your criminal record affecting employment and other opportunities.

  3. If your car was somehow involved, your license could be suspended for up to 2 years.

As for the disorderly persons offenses - which include resisting arrest, shoplifting, domestic violence, and assault, among others - these will attract a higher fine of $1,000 and up to 6 months behind bars, along with the other two consequences mentioned above.

 Consequences of a Disorderly Conduct Charge

Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

Domestic violence is a serious and sensitive issue and can change your entire life if you are charged and found guilty of the offense. Having a charge of domestic violence taken against you will make you persona non grata in many places. You will find it difficult to get a job, an apartment and it can attract more consequences from the federal act on Violence against Women including being listed in the domestic violence registry, being classified as an abuser and not being permitted to own a firearm.

Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Should you be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, even if it is a petty disorderly person’s offense, you need to call a good lawyer immediately. At Zapicchi & Liller, we believe in having fair representation for the accused party because we know how a wrongful accusation can change the course of your life. We have successfully proven the innocence of various clients, helped first time offenders get some leniency and through our advice, prevented countless other offenders from making mistakes that could have made a bad situation worse.

The best way to avoid a penalty is to have a good, experienced criminal defense lawyer in your corner to help you navigate through all the legalities of the charge and ensure you are fairly represented in a court of law. That’s us. So whatever the charge is, be sure to call Zapicchi & Liller and we will ensure you are well represented.

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