Ewing Township Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
Retaining a skilled lawyer to defend you is probably much more important than you think if you are facing a disorderly conduct offense in Ewing Township New Jersey. Failure to favorably resolve your charge will result in a criminal record that will effect your future and also expose you to penalties that even include jail. The good news is the the attorneys at our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have a long history of successfully defending disorderly conduct charges in Ewing and other municipalities in the area. Several lawyers on staff formerly served as prosecutors, so they understand how a conviction is pursued and, more importantly, how to insure that our clients do not end up with such a result. To speak to an attorney with extensive experience in this area of law, call 609–683–8102.
Disorderly Conduct Offense in Ewing New Jersey
In New Jersey, disorderly conduct is defined as any breach of the peace in a public space. Generally, actions like fighting, swearing, and creating hazardous conditions are deemed to be disorderly conduct. N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 defines disorderly conduct as any action meant to alarm, annoy, or cause inconvenience in a public space by either:
- Using offensive language in a manner meant to offend others with reckless disregard for those within hearing distance; or
- Fighting, threatening others, or engaging in tumultuous behavior or creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition that serves no legitimate purpose to the creator of the condition.
Public spaces are defined as any area accessible and used by the public, such as a school, a park, a retail complex, or public areas of a neighborhood like residential streets and courtyards in apartment complexes.
Offensive Language. Offensive language is any language meant to harass or offend others. It can include derogatory, racist, sexist, violent, or any other type of inflammatory language used loudly, recklessly, or otherwise with the intent to garner negative attention. For example, standing outside a sports arena and harassing an opposing team’s fans with negative, inflammatory language about the team may be considered an act of disorderly conduct.
Improper Conduct or Behavior. Improper conduct is the other subset of actions considered to be disorderly conduct in New Jersey. In this second category, actions like fighting, threatening others with physical violence, and using machinery or vehicles in a dangerous manner can all be considered to be improper conduct or behavior.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct. Disorderly conduct is a disorderly persons offense that falls under the jurisdiction of the Ewing Municipal Court. In New Jersey, this is the equivalent charge to a misdemeanor in other states. The maximum penalties an individual convicted of a disorderly persons offense can face are six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
Ewing NJ Disorderly Conduct Attorneys
It is easy to underestimate the impact that a disorderly conduct charge can have on your future. Do not fall into this trap and take the time to conduct a free initial consultation with the attorneys at our firm. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is comprised of experienced former prosecutors and skilled defense lawyers that have been appearing with success in Ewing Municipal Court for many years. We unquestionably possess the know how and tolls to secure a dismissal of your disorderly conduct offense. Call our firm at 609–683–8102 to speak to an attorney immediately without obligation.
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.