Frankford Disorderly Conduct Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey
Disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. That is, it is the lowest level offense permissible under the New Jersey Criminal Code. Generally, disorderly conduct will be charged in situations in which the defendant exhibited improper behavior such as fighting or violent behavior, or used offensively coarse language in public. But if you are charged with disorderly conduct, you should take the charges seriously because the consequences can negatively impact your finances, your criminal record, and your future opportunities. If you are charged with disorderly conduct, the criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm defend clients like you in courts in Frankford, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, Newton, and throughout Sussex and Warren county on a regular basis. SImply call us today at 973-755-1695 to receive a cost-free consultation. We are available to explain the charges and fight hard to get the charges downgraded to a municipal ordinance violation or, better, dismissed.
Real Results in NJ Municipal Court Cases
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“Exceeded my expectations, Highly Professional Attorney. Mr. Tormey is a great attorney and very knowledgeable not only with the entire array of municipal court statutes processes and procedures but also superior court matters. You can rely on Travis to find the most effective method of disposing of your matter without the hidden or additional penalties. Travis was very well known and respected in the municipal courts where he represented me and it made a difference as the prosecutor and Judge acknowledged him and were more then willing to work out the best results for me. Travis will give it to you straight and completely explain how the procedure will go, as he fights your case aggressively. Great Attorney” – John
Disorderly Conduct Lawyer in Hackettstown NJ
Pursuant to the New Jersey Criminal Code, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2(a) a person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense due to improper behavior, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating risk thereof he 1) engages in fighting or threatening, or in a violent or tumultuous behavior; or 2) creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor. As for offensive language, according to N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2(b) 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 so doing, 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.
Whether it’s a case of improper behavior or offensive language, both require that the alleged offense occur in a public place. The disorderly persons statute defines “public” as affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access; among the places included are stadiums, event venues, highways, transport facilities, schools, prisons, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, or any neighborhood. Thus, as with all cases, disorderly conduct cases hinge on a careful analysis of the totality of the circumstances and it important to have an experienced defense attorney on your side who is familiar with the nuanced and practical defense strategies of disorderly conduct cases.
Potential Results of a Disorderly Conduct Conviction in New Jersey
Disorderly conduct cases are heard in the municipal court where the alleged offense occurred. In other words, if you are charged with disorderly conduct in Sparta, New Jersey, you will be required to appear in Sparta Municipal Court. If you are found guilty of disorderly conduct there will be a notation of the conviction on your permanent criminal record, which could impact your ability to get a job or rent an apartment. Additionally, as with all petty disorderly persons offenses, a conviction for disorderly conduct imposes up to a $500 fine and thirty days in jail.
Contact Phillipsburg Disorderly Conduct Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you are charged with disorderly conduct and summoned to appear in municipal court in Sussex or Warren County, contact the criminal defense team at the Tormey Law Firm today at 973-755-1695 for immediate assistance. One of our lawyers is standing by to answer your questions and provide you with a cost-free consultation.