Have you been charged with disorderly conduct or “disturbing the peace”? If so, you may be wondering what the best way is to fight the charges, how to proceed, and what potential penalties are. Additionally, many people feel that they were not actually being disorderly and that they have been wrongfully charged.
“Disorderly conduct” is sort of a large umbrella for a variety of things such as making too much loud/unreasonable noise, use of abrasive or offensive language in an attempt to provoke them, behavior that disrupts business operations, refusing to leave an area after officials have lawfully directed you to, recklessly displaying or discharging a firearm or other weapon in an attempt to threaten or provoke someone, and engaging in fighting or violent behavior. Because of the large scope and all-encompassing nature of what could be deemed “disorderly conduct,” if you have been charged it is advisable to hire an attorney immediately.
Typically, if you have been charged with disorderly conduct you are not facing prison time but a charge could include a maximum of 6 months jail time and up to a $2,500 fine. Disorderly conduct is a class 1 misdemeanor and it could include probation time as well. Disorderly conduct may not sound like a serious criminal charge to most but it is important if you have been charged that you take it seriously.
Fortunately, at Alcock Law, we have extensive criminal defense experience and we have won many disorderly conduct cases in Arizona. We understand the law and know how to fight for you to get the charges either dismissed or reduced significantly. We have been able to be so successful in getting positive results because our staff includes former prosecutors who understand the law from the inside out and know how to best handle disorderly conduct charges in court. Though often a misdemeanor, there are potentially felony disorderly conduct charges and which can result in long probation terms and any conviction can have long-term impact on a person’s life. You have rights and may not have been being “disorderly” at all so it is best to not take any risks with your case by dismissing the charges as “baseless.” Every disorderly conduct charge and case is unique so hire an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been charged to give you the best possible outcome in your case.
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