Resolving Disorderly Conduct Charges on the Jersey Shore
Labels can be misleading. For example, a citation for disorderly conduct in New Jersey falls under the legal category of “petty disorderly persons offense,” which can be punished by no more than 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Strictly speaking, disorderly conduct is not even a crime under New Jersey law. However, if you’re facing conviction for a disorderly conduct offense charge, the long-term consequences can create problems for you, just as a more serious criminal charge would.
To find out about the best ways to resolve a disorderly conduct charge, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Villani & DeLuca, P.C., with their main office in Point Pleasant Beach. With more than 20 years of experience in the municipal courts of Ocean and Monmouth counties, our lawyers know how to open up pathways toward the favorable resolution of a wide range of disorderly conduct charges.
“Disorderly Conduct” Covers a Variety of Minor Offenses
Disorderly conduct is a catch-all phrase covering a variety of misbehavior that disturbs the peace or tends to annoy, upset or anger others in a public setting. Examples of disorderly conduct include the following:
• Public intoxication coupled with bad behavior
• Acting in “disorderly” manner in public
• Using foul or inappropriate language in public
Because the penalties for a New Jersey disorderly conduct conviction are relatively light, many people would just as soon plead guilty and move on, especially if they’re from other states. Unfortunately, defendants who rush to resolve their disorderly conduct charges often find that serious consequences can pop up later when they apply for jobs, licenses, rental housing, security clearances or other opportunities. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you protect your record while avoiding the immediate consequences of a disorderly conduct arrest.
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Having served as municipal attorneys in many Jersey Shore communities over the years, the attorneys of Villani & DeLuca know just what the prosecution needs to prove in a disorderly conduct case. We also know how to review the police reports and evidence for the weaknesses that can result in acquittal or dismissal. In any given case, we’ll be able to tell you whether you’re eligible for any of the pretrial intervention or conditional discharge options that can keep your record clean. Above all, we’ll give you the tools you need to make the best possible decision for yourself, your family and your career in confronting and overcoming a disorderly conduct arrest.
Our lawyers offer free initial consultations and represent Jersey Shore locals and visitors alike. For additional information about the best ways to deal with an arrest for public intoxication, fighting or otherwise disturbing the peace in Ocean or Monmouth counties, contact an experienced defense attorney at Villani & DeLuca in Point Pleasant Beach.