There are many different reasons law enforcement can use that could lead to a charge of disorderly conduct offense. Some of those things can range from simply reacting to an irrational individual who will not leave you alone to an out-of-hand party or group outing.
Under the New Jersey Criminal Code, 2C:33-2, disorderly conduct separates into improper behavior and offensive language.
- Improper behavior relates to causing public inconvenience, annoyance, alarm, or recklessly creating a risk through fighting, threatening, or other violent behavior. Improper behavior also extends to creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition that has no legitimate purpose.
- Offensive language relates to verbal communication which is intended to offend anyone around who hears it, where it was probable that the hearer would be offended. Any unreasonably loud or abusive language is also included.
This statute is in place as an attempt to keep the peace throughout society, however the level of understanding of what improper behavior and offensive language actually consists of can make this charge overly used by law enforcement.
The Penalties for Disorderly Conduct
The penalties for this offense are not exceed 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
Do not take this charge lightly, being convicted of a disorderly conduct offense can cause serious problems for your future. Seeking experienced legal assistance for this offense can help avoid an unnecessary guilty sentence and save you from problems further down the line.
Contact David C. Barry today to assist with your disorderly conduct charge. With over 27 years of experience, he is a seasoned defense attorney who has helped hundreds of clients against unwarranted charges. Mr. Barry fights to get your charges dismissed or reduced. Call him today at (732) 238-8686.