Disorderly Conduct Lawyers
Princeton, New Jersey Defense of Disorderly Conduct Charge
Mercer County Criminal Attorneys
The criminal trial attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing, resisting arrest, and shoplifting throughout Mercer County, New Jersey, including in Princeton, Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Ewing, East Windsor, Hopewell, and Robbinsville. With our office conveniently located in Princeton, our attorneys appear throughout Mercer County on a regular basis. A conviction of a disorderly conduct charge can be extremely harmful and damaging to your future with serious penalties such as jail time, probation, community service, and permanent record. A criminal record can limit your career opportunities and hinder your financial situation. If you or a loved one has been arrested for or charged with disorderly conduct, please contact our skilled criminal defense team for a free initial consultation at (609) 683-8102. Our experienced attorneys know exactly how to defend a disorderly conduct case, and can provide you with the information and answers you need.
New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Law
Disorderly conduct is a criminal charge in New Jersey governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, which provides in pertinent part:
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 create a risk thereof he or she:
(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 doing so, 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.
Hightstown Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyers
Disorderly conduct is an extremely broad and sweeping criminal statute. To be convicted of disorderly conduct in New Jersey, a person, either through acts or words, must engage in fighting or threatening behavior, or create a hazardous or dangerous condition. Additionally, the act or utterance must cause a public inconvenience, meaning that it must occur in a public place to which a public group has access, such as highways, schools, apartment complexes, places of business, or any neighborhood. Disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense, but the charge can have far-reaching consequences. A conviction can result in up to thirty (30) days in jail, a hefty fine, possible suspension of your driver’s license, and a permanent criminal charge on your record. Furthermore, a disorderly conduct charge is often attached to other offenses, such as simple assault, harassment, resisting arrest and trespassing, resulting in particularly severe penalties. If you have been arrested or charged with disorderly conduct, you need to take immediate action to ensure that your rights are preserved. Do not hesitate or delay. For your personal well-being and livelihood, it is absolutely imperative that you seek sound legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity.
Arrested for Disorderly Conduct in Hamilton NJ
Your criminal defense starts here. The criminal trial lawyers at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall will use their trial-tested skills to guide you throughout all phases of a disorderly persons complaint. Criminal convictions can haunt you forever. Our experienced staff of criminal attorneys, which includes former county and municipal prosecutors, understands exactly what is at stake and will aggressively and proactively fight to keep your record clean. We are serious about protecting your legal rights, ensuring your future, and fighting for the fair treatment and results you demand. If you or a loved one has been charged with disorderly conduct in Mercer County, please do not delay in contacting us at (609) 683-8102. You will be put in direct communication with one of our experienced criminal trial attorneys, who will speak to you about your case and answer any questions that you may have. We are available 24 hours a day, and initial consultations are always free.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.