Criminal Mischief

Classification of Crimes in New Jersey

In New Jersey, crimes are categorized as indictable crimes, disorderly person offenses, and petty disorderly person offenses, rather than as felonies and misdemeanors as they are in other states. Disorderly person offenses and petty disorderly offenses are low level infractions and often referred to as misdemeanors in other states.

Petty Disorderly Person Offense

In New Jersey, petty disorderly person offenses are the least serious criminal transgressions. Penalties include fines up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail. Most common petty disorderly person offenses are disorderly conduct and harassment.

Disorderly Person Offense

Disorderly Person offenses are more serious than petty disorderly offenses but less serious than indictable crimes. Penalties include fines up to $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail. Most common disorderly person offenses are shoplifting, simple assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and property damage under $500.

If have been charged with a disorderly person, you need an experienced attorney to help you fight the accusations. Although they are less serious offenses, a conviction will result in a criminal record.  Having a record can haunt you for the rest of your life; affecting your reputation, potential job opportunities, and even your current employment. As your attorney, I may be able to have the charges reduced or dismissed. I have an excellent track record, my results speak for themselves. Call me, Leon Matchin, today at (833) 732-7320.

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