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Police use various methods and procedures to maintain public order and enforcement of the New Jersey disorderly conduct law is one of those tools. While this charge is a disorderly persons offense, the equivalent to a misdemeanor in other states, it nevertheless results in a criminal record, exposure to county jail time and significant fines. Conversely, disorderly conduct is probably one of the most over written criminal charges in Jersey City and other local municipalities. An attorney who is highly experienced in defending disorderly conduct charges in Jersey City Municipal Court
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is one of the largest criminal defense firms in the state with a team of accomplished lawyers to defending your Jersey City disorderly conduct case. Our credentials for success include:
- 200 years of combined experience defending simple assault, harassment, resisting arrest and other similar violations
- 10 lawyers who specialize exclusively in criminal defense
- Former county and municipal prosecutors
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
- Hundreds of dismissals and downgrades in disorderly conduct cases
Our talented litigators know the law and understand how to effectively use legal defenses to achieve the best result for the people they represent. Don’t go to court without an attorney standing at your side who gives you the best opportunity to avoid the penalties and consequences of a disorderly conduct conviction. Call our Jersey City office at 201-309-0500 for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyers. Someone is available to speak with you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Jersey City, New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Offense
A disorderly conduct offense can result from either words or conduct under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2. More specifically, you can be convicted for disorderly conduct in Jersey City Municipal Court if, in a public place, you:
Created a hazardous or dangerous condition serving no lawful or legitimate purpose
Engaged in fighting, threatening, violent or tumultuous behavior
Used unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance
Public place is broadly defined under New Jersey law and includes roads and streets, parks, amusement parks, neighborhoods, train and bus stations, and many other locations. It is essential for your criminal defense lawyer to review the facts and the evidence to determine if all elements of the offense of disorderly conduct can be proven by the prosecution and whether defenses, such as protected free speech, can be used to challenge the charge.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Jersey City NJ
If you are convicted of disorderly conduct in Jersey City, a judge could confine you to Hudson County Correctional Center for up to 30 days, fine you as much as $500, order that you pay all court costs, complete community service and suspend your license to drive a motor vehicle. Because it is a criminal offense, a disorderly conduct conviction gives you a permanent criminal record that stays with you long after your complete your sentence.
Municipal Ordinance Downgrade. The city has adopted an ordinance, which is a non-criminal violation, that is also intended to target behavior that disturbs public peace and order. A savvy criminal lawyer like those at our firm can utilize the ordinance as a downgrade so that a client charged with disorderly conduct can avoid a criminal record.
Conditional Dismissal. NJ has adopted a diversionary program for first time offenders facing a disorderly persons offense and it is referred to as Conditional Dismissal. An individual must successfully complete one year of probation and is granted a dismissal of the criminal charge when this occurs.
Jersey City Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can provide you with the assurance of knowing that your defense is in the hands of a gifted advocate with years of criminal defense experience. We strive to achieve the best possible result from dismissal of the charge to a reduction to a non-criminal municipal ordinance violation sparing you the penalties and stigma of a criminal conviction. Call us now at 201-309-0500 or at any time of the day or night for a free initial consultation with an attorney on our staff.