Hunterdon County Disorderly Conduct Lawyers
Throughout Hunterdon County, officers customarily file NJ Disorderly Conduct Charges when a person behaves in an unruly or disruptive manner or otherwise disturbs public peace and order. The problem with this charge that is often overlooked is that disorderly conduct is a criminal offense that goes on your criminal record. It carries potentially severe penalties, including incarceration. Hiring a lawyer who has experience representing clients in Raritan Township, Clinton, Flemington, Readington and other local municipal courts on disorderly conduct charges is a smart move. That alone can help you evade a conviction and other severe repercussions.
A Charge of Disorderly Conduct in Hunterdon County New Jersey
In the state of New Jersey, misdemeanor criminal charges are also known as “disorderly persons offenses.” Disorderly conduct is one such offense and is directed at conduct in public places that poses a threat to public peace and order. Specifically, the disorderly conduct law detailed in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, prohibits fighting, threatening, violent or tumultuous behavior, any conduct that creates a hazard or dangerous condition, and the use of offensive language.
To get convicted, any conduct falling within one of these categories must be for the “purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof” and has to happen in a “public place”. The term “public place” refers to any location where members of the public are likely to be affected, for example, a school, bar, movie theater, or other place of business.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct Conviction in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
If you are convicted for disorderly conduct in East Amwell, Bethlehem, Union Township or another Hunterdon County municipal court, you will be looking at:
A Fine Maximum $500.00
Jail Time As much as 30 Days
Probation At the discretion of the Judge
Suspended License As much as 6 Months
Court Fee $33.00
Conditional Dismissal A diversionary program called “Conditional Dismissal” allows an individual convicted on a disorderly conduct charge to avoid a criminal conviction and record. An individual can only be admitted into the Conditional Dismissal program if they have never had a conditional discharge, pretrial intervention or conditional dismissal before. Generally, an individual would be required to successfully complete one (1) year of probation before the charge is dismissed.
Spodek Law Group has a team of attorneys that defend disorderly conduct charges throughout Hunterdon County. We work with clients in East Amwell, Bethlehem, Clinton, Flemington, Raritan Township, Readington, Lebanon, Franklin Township, Tewksbury, Union Township, Alexandria, West Amwell, Hampton, Holland, Lambertville, Delaware Township, High Bridge, Glen Gardner, Califon, Frenchtown, Milford, Bloomsbury and Stockton.
Disorderly Conduct Attorney in Flemington
Even though Flemington is far from being the largest or most populated municipality in the Hunterdon, it is a busy place when it comes to criminal charges. Not surprisingly, it has a goodly number of disorderly conduct charges filed in its municipal court. Whether your complaint or summons got filed in Flemington or in another Hunterdon County jurisdiction, the attorney you work with will play a significant role in the results of your case. Our Hunterdon County Criminal Lawyers boast decades of experience and a great deal of knowledge in defending disorderly conduct charges. We know how to ensure that you have the best chance to escape a guilty verdict. Contact our Flemington Office for a free consultation with a lawyer.