Disorderly Conduct Attorneys in Hoboken, New Jersey
Disorderly conduct is a common offense that is frequently charged in a lot of the “party towns” such as Hoboken and Jersey City that are know for their bars on every corner and large populations of young professionals. This is because these charges are almost alcohol related from fighting, yelling on the street, or public intoxication. If you are convicted of disorderly conduct it will result in a permanent criminal record, community service, probation and even jail time. For obvious reasons this can have a huge impact on your life and present or future employment. At Proetta & Oliver we represent clients charged with disorderly conduct throughout Hudson County, New Jersey including in Weehawken, Secaucus, North Bergen, Kearny, Bayonne, West New York, and Harrison. Our attorneys have successfully defended clients against thousands of criminal and municipal court charges including disorderly conduct. We are typically able to get our clients disorderly conduct charges dismissed or downgraded so it results in no criminal conviction. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, then contact our Jersey City office at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation.
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2: New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Law
The Disorderly Conduct law is an intentionally designed to be a broad sweeping statute that includes a wide range of conduct. The New Jersey statute 2C:33-2 is provided below in pertinent part for your reading convenience:
a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly create a risk thereof he or she:
(1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or
(2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
b. Offensive language. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense if, in a public place, and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of doing so, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
Jersey City Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyers
As mentioned above, the disorderly conduct statute is overly broad which can give the state prosecution a big advantage over an inexperienced defendant. Simply put, all they need to prove to show you are guilty of disorderly conduct is that you caused annoyance, public inconvenience or alarm – either by your physical acts or words. In New Jersey, disorderly conduct is considered a petty disorderly persons offense (petty misdemeanor) which means you have exposure to up to 30 days in county jail. Because of the nature of the crime, disorderly conduct is often charged along with other crimes such as Simple Assault, Trespassing, Harassment, Resisting Arrest, or Criminal Mischief. At Proetta & Oliver we take our client’s cases very seriously and if you hire our firm, you should feel very confidant that you will be represented by experienced criminal defense attorneys who know the court system. If you would like to speak with a disorderly conduct lawyer during an initial consultation contact our Jersey City office at (201) 793-8018. We are available 24/7.
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