What is considered a disorderly person's offense in Ocean County?
N.J.S.A: 2C 1-4 states “An offense is a disorderly persons offense if it is so designated in this code or in a statute other than this code. An offense is a petty disorderly persons offense if it is so designated in this code or in a statute other than this code. Disorderly persons offenses and petty disorderly persons offenses are petty offenses and are not crimes within the meaning of the Constitution of this State. There shall be no right to indictment by a grand jury nor any right to trial by jury on such offenses. Conviction of such offenses shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a crime.
Examples of common disorderly persons or pretty disorderly offenses in New Jersey include: possession of marijuana under 50 grams, simple assault, resisting arrest, drug paraphernalia possession, petty theft, lewdness, disorderly conduct and harassment.
What are the penalties for a disorderly person's offense?
Generally a conviction for disorderly persons offenses can subject the person to: a fine up to $1000, 6 months in jail, community service and probation for a period of time as the Court deems necessary.
For a petty disorderly person's offense: up to a $500 fine, 30 days in jail, community service and probation for a period of time as the court deems necessary.
Villani & DeLuca, P.C. – attorney for disorderly persons offenses
Facing a disorderly persons offense charge should be taken seriously. In these types of situations to raise any defenses to these charges, legal representation is always recommended. At Villani & DeLuca, P.C. our team of criminal defense attorneys represents clients in Monmouth and Ocean County who are charged with these offenses. If you or a loved are facing a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense give us a call at 732-820-1256 to schedule a free consultation and discus your case with one of our defense attorneys.