A disorderly conduct charge is a criminal charge in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey law states: “disorderly conduct is considered an offense. It is defined as engaging in violent or tumultuous behavior or creating hazardous or potentially dangerous situations that serve no legitimate purpose.” Penalties for disorderly conduct charges can be severe. First, you will acquire a record. Second, you may also face incarceration for up to 30 days and owe fines up to $500. In addition, there will also be restitution in cases of property damage. In addition, $125 in assessment fees will go to the Victims of Crime Compensation Board and Safe Neighborhood Services Fund. Fortunately, a New Jersey attorney, such as Leon Matchin, can help you fight these charges. In addition, he can work to have the charges dropped or downgraded. Here are three examples of disorderly conduct.
Fighting is an example of a disorderly conduct charge. If you fight in public, there is a good chance any involved parties will also be charged with disorderly conduct. An attorney can also create a defense to have charges downgraded or dropped. In many cases, the fighting will be a result of the client practicing self-defense, which may help the charge get dropped.
Another crime that is classified as a disorderly offense is using loud/obnoxious/discriminatory language. The state of New Jersey does not have patience for this type of behavior in public. If a police officer catches you engaging in these behaviors, then you will receive a disorderly conduct charge. However, an attorney may successfully argue the First Amendment in certain situations.
Damaging Public Property
A third example of disorderly conduct is damaging public property. The type and amount of damage will determine whether the person gets a disorderly conduct charge or a third- or fourth-degree criminal mischief charge. If the damaged property is less than $500, then the defendant will receive a disorderly person’s charge. If the amount is higher, or if the damage involves public property like a grave or utility facility, then the person would receive a criminal mischief charge with harsher penalties.
Disorderly Conduct Charges in New Jersey
Disorderly conduct is a very common criminal charge. This charge covers a variety of situations, including fighting, loud/obnoxious/discriminatory language, and damaging public property. New Jersey attorney Leon Matchin has experience defending those charged with disorderly conduct. He will analyze your case. If it’s appropriate, he will also attempt to have the charges downgraded or dismissed. Call Leon Matchin today at 732-887-2479, or contact him via email at [email protected] for more information about the services he can provide.