Our Team of Accomplished Former Prosecutors Is Ready To Ensure That You Avoid a Disorderly Conduct Conviction in Secaucus New Jersey
If you have been accused of disorderly conduct and summoned to appear in the Secaucus Municipal Court, do not be tempted into pleading guilty because the police or someone you know told you it is only a petty disorderly persons offense. Nothing could be further from the truth since a conviction results in a permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get a job, be admitted to college or secure a professional license. Before going to court, get sound legal advice and guidance from a criminal attorney with years of experience defending people charged with disorderly conduct in Secaucus New Jersey.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have exactly what you need to successfully defend a Secaucus disorderly persons charge. Our team can offer you:
- 200 years of combined experience
- 10 attorneys that handle nothing other than the defense of the accused
- Former county and municipal prosecutors who have handled literally thousands of disorderly persons offenses over the last several decades
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
We clearly have the qualifications to ensure you have the best opportunity to escape a negative outcome. To speak with one of our talented lawyers in a free initial consultation, call 201.309.0500. A lawyer is available 24/7 to assist you.
Secaucus New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Offense
The purpose of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 is to provide law enforcement with a means for controlling public behavior and offensive or abusive language. To accomplish this objective, it is a criminal offense to engage in any of the following conduct:
Violent or tumultuous behavior
Fighting or threatening behavior
Creating a hazardous or dangerous condition that serves no lawful or legitimate purpose
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2(b) addresses offensively course or abusive language a public place that is intended to offend the sensibilities of other people close enough to hear it. The definitions used by the legislature to identify the conduct and language prohibited under the law are purposely broad to allow police to apply them to a wide range of situations, which is made clear by the long list of locations the statute identifies as public places, including:
Roads and highways
Train stations, bus terminals and other transportation facilities
Shouting at a sporting event or participating in a public protest could result in a disorderly conduct charge even though the language you use or the activities in which you engage could be protected by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. An aggressive defense strategy causing the prosecutor to second guess its original version of the incident can be effective in obtaining a dismissal of the charge or a negotiated reduction of the offense to a non-criminal municipal ordinance violation allowing you to avoid the penalties and long-term consequences of a criminal conviction.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Secaucus NJ
Secaucus Municipal Court judges have several options available to them when imposing sentence on someone convicted or pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, including the following:
Incarceration at Hudson County Correctional Center for up to 30 days
A fine up to $500 and court costs Community service
Driver’s license suspension
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Secaucus Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer
When you go to Secaucus Municipal Court to answer to a disorderly conduct offense, give yourself the best chance at avoiding a conviction with a criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. Call us now at 201.309.0500 for a free consultation with an attorney who has handled countless disorderly conduct cases. One of our lawyers is available to speak with you 24 hours a day and seven days a week.