In Arizona, disorderly conduct is one of the most common criminal charges because of its all-encompassing nature. Disorderly conduct laws are often referred to as a “catch-all” or “umbrella” laws because they can potentially include any number of situations. This often causes confusion among defendants that have been charged with disorderly conduct.
If you’re facing disorderly conduct charges in Arizona, understanding this charge and contacting an experienced defense attorney is the first step to a successful defense.
What is Disorderly Conduct in Arizona?
Disorderly conduct, as explained in A.R.S. 13-2904, occurs when someone knowingly disturbs the peace of a person, group of people or neighborhood.
Examples of disorderly conduct include:
- Fighting or other dangerous behavior
- Making “unreasonable noise”
- Using offensive language or physical gestures that could lead to retaliation
- Disturbing or preventing others from conducting business meetings or processes
- Refusing to disperse due to public safety issues, or loitering
As you can see, disorderly conduct is a broad, often unfocused charge that can be difficult to defend against without the right approach.
With an effective attorney, however, you can present a successful defense that can minimize your penalties. To learn how we can help you with a disorderly conduct charge, call us today at (480) 467-4370.
Disorderly Conduct Penalties and Punishments
In most cases, disorderly conduct is a class 1 misdemeanor, which could include a maximum of 6 months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine (plus surcharges). A class 1 misdemeanor can also include probation time.
Disorderly conduct may be a felony charge if firearms are involved. A.R.S. 13-2904 states that someone who “recklessly handles, displays or discharges” a weapon can be charged with felony disorderly misconduct.
Felony convictions can include far more severe punishments, including incarceration time, significant fines and other penalties. Punishments are greater for those who have prior felony convictions.
Although disorderly conduct seems like a minor offense, it can have lasting effects on your personal, financial and legal future. A felony charge can make it difficult to secure housing, employment, education and other important services.
How We Can Help You with Disorderly Conduct Charges
Disorderly conduct may be a common charge, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy or simple to successfully defend against it in court. There are numerous defenses that could be used in your case – from self-defense to proving that you did not knowingly (with intent) cause a disturbance.
But in order to have the most successful defense, you need an attorney that’s experienced and familiar with disorderly conduct cases. At JacksonWhite, our criminal law team has the knowledge, experience and tools needed to help you make the most of your case.
It all starts with a free case review. Once you have a better idea of your legal options, we can help you navigate your disorderly conduct case. Our team has years of experience with these and similar charges, and we offer the expertise and commitment you need in court.
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