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Facing Disorderly Conduct Charges? Contact A Passaic County Criminal Defense Attorney.

Disorderly conduct may sound like a trivial offense, but this is not the case. A conviction for disorderly conduct can result in hefty fines and even jail time. Charges of this nature will also result in a criminal record, which can impact employment, housing, personal relationships and much more.

At Acquaviva Law Offices, LLC, we have years of experience in defending disorderly conduct charges and other criminal offenses in Passaic County. A knowledgeable disorderly conduct attorney can help you reduce your sentence and in some cases, have the charges dropped altogether.

What Qualifies As Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly conduct is outlined in the New Jersey Statutes Title 2C (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2). The offense is separated into two categories: improper behavior in public and offensive language in public.

Improper behavior in public generally relates to fights involving two or more people or threats of violence. The public element of this charge is important. For a disorderly conduct charge to stand, the behavior must have caused public inconvenience or alarm or created a hazardous or physically dangerous condition for members of the public.

Offensive language includes public utterances that are unreasonably loud or abusive. The comments must have been purposely offensive or the speaker must have shown disregard for the probability of anyone present being offended.

Potential Penalties For These Charges

Those prosecuted for disorderly conduct could face fines of up to $1,000 as well as a jail term of up to six months. There are also additional fees which include a $50 payment to the Victims of Crime Compensation Board (VCCB) and a contribution of $75 toward the Safe Neighborhood Services Fund.

Contact A Disorderly Conduct Lawyer Today

Being accused of disorderly conduct does not mean you are guilty. The laws in this area are very nuanced, and the authorities can get it wrong. At Acquaviva Law Offices, LLC, we have a deep understanding of disorderly conduct laws in New Jersey. Contact us online or call 973-869-5805 today to start building your defense.