Acting Out Could Get You Arrested For Disorderly Conduct
A night out at one of the many Jersey Shore hot spots in Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights or Long Beach Island could land you in jail for improper behavior. Disturbing the peace or engaging in violent or dangerous behavior such as engaging in a fight, public intoxication, or making a threat could all be construed as disorderly conduct (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2) and can lead to serious criminal penalties.Many people find themselves facing a disorderly conduct charge after a night of drinking. For example, a drunk person who is walking down the middle of a street in Belmar, singing at the top of their lungs, at 3am could be written off as just another drunk party goer and dismissed by those in the immediate area. But the police in Belmar would see this situation differently. The drunk person who is walking down the road is clearly causing a “physically dangerous condition” not only for themselves but for drivers on the road as well. In addition the loud singing is disturbing those within ear shot and according to the law “offend the sensibilities of a hearer”.
What is Disorderly Conduct (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2)?
If you are acting out improperly in public in regards of making a verbal threat, using offensive language or engaging in a fight, you could find yourself facing a disorder conduct charge. This charge is a petty disorderly persons offense. You could also be charged with this offense if you cause a hazardous condition in which you have recklessly disregarded others safety including your own.
What are the Consequence For a Disorderly Conduct (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3) Charge in Monmouth County?
Disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly person offense which could cost you financially (fines not to exceed $500) with the possibility of probation, jail time (not to exceed 30 days) and possible restitution.
Ocean County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Even though disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons charge it can still carry serious consequences including jail time and fines. If you are facing pending charges in Lakewood, Jackson or Toms River it is advised to call a criminal attorney to help you deal with these charges.
Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Ocean County? Contact the criminal defense attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. at 732-800-2980 to discuss your options.