Disorderly Conduct

You’re at a party, and a group of guys you don’t like shows up.   In the course of the night, you and your friends get into an argument with them.  You may swing and throw a few punches.   Depending on the severity of the altercation, you may be charged with disorderly conduct.

 

The Mark Law Firm represents defendants who have been charged with disorderly conduct. Often, a disorderly conduct charge results from a lack of reason and judgment that leads to another person suffering harm. Though the conduct may seem relatively minor, conviction of disorderly conduct can result in jail time and significant fines and penalties.

 

According to New Jersey disorderly conduct law, N.J.S.A. 2C: 33–2, a person may be convicted of disorderly conduct if (s)he

  • With purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof,
  • Engages in fighting, threatening, or other violent or tumultuous behavior, or
  • Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.
  • A person may be guilty of a petty disorderly person offense if, while in a public place and with a purpose to offend sensibilities of another or with reckless disregard for the risk of doing so, addresses unreasonably loud or offensively course or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present in the setting of the utterance, to any person present.

The penalty for a disorderly conduct conviction involves the possibility of a six-month jail term, fines and penalties in excess of $1,000, probation, and a permanent criminal record.

 

The Mark Law Firm represents clients throughout Somerset county, New Jersey, including Basking Ridge, Somerville, and Raritan.  Contact us now for your consultation with one of our skilled trial attorneys.