Recently, three young Monmouth University students were arrested in Deal after a large fight erupted outside of an off-campus party. Several Monmouth football players hosted the party, and around midnight, an altercation involving about 30 people began in the backyard after several people were not allowed to enter the party house – some vandalizing of cars also occurred. There were about 200 to 300 partygoers, and many of them began to run away when the police showed up after being alerted to the ensuing fight. Three young men were arrested in the aftermath and were charged with disorderly conduct along with several other charges.
The Party and the Damage Done
Everyone likes to get together with friends, relax, and have a good time, but a house party for 300 of your nearest and dearest is probably never a great idea. Just like they did here, things tend to get out of hand. Hosting a party comes with a host of responsibilities that should not be taken lightly. Mixing lots of people in a small space with alcohol and revelry seems to lead almost inexorably to fighting. And being slapped with a disorderly conduct charge is something that you should do your best to avoid. The repercussions can be significant:
- A maximum stay of 6 months in a county jail;
- Up to $1,000 in fines;
- The possibility of mandated community service;
- Probation; and
- A permanent criminal record.
While all of these are significant in and of themselves, a permanent criminal record is just that – permanent. If you or someone you care about has been charged with disorderly conduct in New Jersey, don’t leave your permanent record to chance. You need a skilled lawyer with experience defending disorderly conduct charges.
If You Have Been Charged with Disorderly Conduct in New Jersey, call 732-238-8686 today for more information
If you find yourself charged with disorderly conduct, David C. Barry, Attorney at Law can explain your rights and help you defend yourself and your permanent record. For a free initial consultation regarding your New Jersey disorderly conduct charge, call Attorney David C. Barry today at 732-238-8686.