New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyers
Knowledgeable Defense Lawyers Fight to Beat Disorderly Conduct Charges in Gloucester County, Camden County, and Burlington County, NJ
Any type of criminal conviction carries potentially serious penalties. Even relatively low-level disorderly conduct charges will appear on a criminal record. If you ever get into trouble in the future—even for a minor offense—the judge will have your prior criminal record in hand, which could result in more serious penalties.
Leading New Jersey criminal defense lawyer Hercules Pappas of the Hercules Law Group, LLC works tirelessly to keep a bad decision that results in disorderly conduct charges from impacting your future. We put our substantial resources and qualified legal team to work in every case we take on. While other firms might put a minor disorderly conduct case on the back burner, Hercules Law Group, LLC fights hard to keep your record clean.
An experienced defense lawyer will begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your arrest immediately. In some cases, video surveillance or eyewitness testimony might be used to exonerate you. If there were any problems with your arrest or interrogation, the determined lawyers at Hercules Law Group, LLC will use them to negotiate on your behalf.
Getting your disorderly conduct charges dismissed is the best possible outcome and the goal of every skilled defense lawyer. The defense lawyers at Hercules Law Group, LLC explore every option to reach this result, using our connections and resources to your advantage. Call or contact the firm today to schedule a 100% free initial consultation with an experienced defense lawyer.
Elements of a New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Charge
Disorderly conduct charges are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C: 33-2. You can be convicted of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor-level petty disorderly persons offense, if the prosecution can prove one of the following:
- You engaged in fighting or threatening, or in some type of violent or tumultuous behavior
- You created a hazardous or physically dangerous condition through engaging in any act that served no legitimate purpose
- In an unreasonably loud manner and in a public place, you used unreasonably coarse or offensive language (considering the circumstances and people present) with the purpose of offending the sensibilities of anyone in hearing range (or with reckless disregard for whether you would offend someone)
If convicted, you could face:
- Jail time
- Monetary fines
- Restitution for injuries or property damage
- Possibly a suspended driver’s license.
While classified as a “petty” disorderly persons offense, you will have a criminal record that you will legally have to disclose when applying for a job, housing or college/university admission.
However, the prosecution must prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict. Just as the circumstances surrounding a disorderly conduct charge can vary dramatically, a strong defense lawyer can insert doubt into whether the prosecution’s evidence is strong enough to convict.
At Hercules Law Group, LLC, an experienced and respected lawyer will personally handle every aspect of your case. You can rest assured that your case is being handled by someone who knows the law and understands the defense strategies that can be used to beat the charges.
Top-Rated Defense Lawyers Dedicated to Building Strongest Possible Defense to Disorderly Conduct Charges to Keep Your Record Clean
Disorderly conduct is a charge that is often added on to other offenses—such as simple assault, harassment and even domestic violence. Prosecutors tend to overcharge in these cases, meaning that they will add any potentially available offenses to the list in order to gain more negotiating leverage.
The skilled team of lawyers at Hercules Law Group, LLC are familiar with these tactics and are not intimidated. Not every instance of rowdy behavior or loud language is sufficient to support disorderly conduct charges. Your right to free speech remains intact regardless of the statutory language. A strong defense strategy might involve:
- Challenging whether you were in a place that was sufficiently public so that offensive language is actionable under the law
- Questioning whether the circumstances support the prosecution’s allegations that your language would reasonably offend others who were present—remember, language that might be accepted in a loud bar might be extremely offensive in an elementary school
- Challenging a case built upon generally “tumultuous” behavior, because the law also requires that the behavior must be likely to incite or agitate others
- Identifying a legitimate reason for why you engaged in otherwise inappropriate behavior
- Asserting actual innocence, such as in cases of mistaken identity where you are arrested after the fact
- Constitutional violations, including lack of probable cause or problems with the arrest itself
The trusted defense lawyers at Hercules Law Group, LLC have over 20 years’ experience successfully persuading judges and prosecutors to dismiss or reduce disorderly conduct charges. The firm knows how to present the evidence in the most favorable light possible in your case. An experienced lawyer also understands the complex procedural rules that must be followed carefully to avoid jeopardizing your case. To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation today.
Speak with an Experienced Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer in New Jersey Today
Meeting with an experienced disorderly conduct defense lawyer is the first step in keeping your record clean. Even if you have no prior arrests or convictions and think you will get off with a slap on the wrist, remember that disorderly conduct is a criminal charge. The knowledgeable defense lawyers at Hercules Law Group, LLC will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you.
Your initial consultation with Hercules Law Group, LLC is always free. Complete this online contact form or call the firm as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Disorderly Conduct Charges in New Jersey
If you have never completed a diversionary program in the past, disorderly conduct charges can be resolved through pre-trial intervention. Diversionary programs include all diversionary programs—you cannot have participated in PTI, conditional discharge or conditional dismissal. This must have been your first offense in order to participate.
New Jersey courts have interpreted the term “public” to mean a place to which a substantial number of people can legally access. Schools, apartments, places of entertainment, businesses, transportation facilities and even highways are all examples of public places. Even a neighborhood can be sufficiently public for disorderly conduct charges to stick, depending upon the circumstances.