Seaside Heights: Arrested or Charged with Disorderly Conduct
Criminal Defense Attorney
The lawyers at our criminal defense law firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defend individuals charged with disorderly conduct and related offenses in Seaside Heights. Disorderly conduct can be charged as a municipal ordinance violation or under New Jersey’s Criminal Code. The Seaside Heights Disorderly Conduct Ordinance addresses these offenses generally as a Nuisance or Public Disturbance. However, it is more often the case that disorderly conduct will be charged as a “2C” petty disorderly persons criminal offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.
An arrest for disorderly conduct can have unforeseen consequences including difficulty obtaining future employment because of a criminal record. Our lawyers are extremely sensitive to this fact and utilize all of their experience to make sure that a client is not marred by a criminal record. A knowledgeable attorney is a must in our view and we invite you to contact our law offices today. A lawyer from our office will be happy to assist you and answer your questions. They will take the time to explain the law and give you a better understanding of the possible consequences associated with the Disorderly Conduct charge. Please do not hesitate to contact our office and speak to a lawyer.
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 is the New Jersey Criminal Law governing Disorderly Conduct. The statute makes it criminal to engage in improper behavior, more specifically, conduct whose purpose is to create public alarm or annoyance. The law also defines disorderly conduct to include use of offensive language in public. An individual may be sentenced to up to six (6) months in jail, fined, and placed on probation if he is convicted under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2. A conviction will likewise result in a criminal record. As stated, an individual may also be charged with disorderly conduct under Seaside’s Municipal Code. The applicable code sections, § 154-11 and § 154-6, define disorderly conduct broadly to include almost any public nuisance or disturbance. The penalties for a violation of either of these sections include up to ninety (90) days in jail, up to $1,250 in fines, and possible probation. It is obviously a wise decision for an individual to obtain the advice and assistance of a criminal lawyer when confronted with an arrest or charge of disorderly conduct.
If you have been arrested and charged with either a municipal/criminal offense, call the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall to speak with a criminal defense lawyer. One of our lawyers will be happy to answer your questions and initial consultations with our attorneys are always without charge. An arrest can be a harrowing experience and the first step in making sure that the situation does not escalate into a life changing event is gaining an understanding of the law and obtaining good advice from a knowledgeable criminal attorney. The attorneys at our office are experienced in matters of this nature and will insure that your interests are protected. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day and are willing to speak to you immediately.