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Disorderly Conduct Defense

The Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC has been providing criminal defense services for more than ten years. Under New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, disorderly conduct is considered a serious criminal offense. It is defined as engaging in violent or tumultuous behavior or creating a hazardous or potentially dangerous situation that serves no legitimate purpose; examples include fighting, using loud/obnoxious/discriminatory language, loitering, blocking a road or sidewalk and damaging public property to name a few. As a disorderly persons violation penalties for being convicted of disorderly conduct are as follows:

Penalties for Disorderly Conduct

    • A criminal record
    • Incarceration up to 30 days
    • Fines up to $500
    • Restitution in cases of property damage
    • Assessments to the Victims of Crime Compensation Board and to the Safe Neighborhood Services Fund of approximately $125

In order to be convicted of disorderly conduct the prosecutor must show that the incident happened in a public place. A “public place” refers to a place that is in fact public such as a highway, sidewalk or street. It could also refer to a place where a substantial group of people has access, such as an apartment complex or private amusement park.

Charged with Disorderly Conduct

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, The Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC may be able to dismiss the charges against you outright or have them reduced to a lesser infraction. Our firm will review the intricacies of your case and work to protect your rights and freedoms as often in cases of disorderly conduct there may be a question of your First Amendment Rights. Call today for a free consultation and let our firm protect your rights and freedom (732) 662-7658.