People can lose their composure for reasons entirely outside their control, for example, an encounter with an unreasonable individual at a bar, and the situation can escalate to the point that someone is arrested, charged or otherwise finds him/herself with a criminal complaint for Disorderly Conduct.
A conviction for Disorderly Conduct under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 results in criminal record and exposure to up to six (6) months in jail. Having an experienced attorney can minimize the risks associated with this charge and our criminal defense law firm, the Law Office of Jennifer L. Marshall, LLC can assist you. We defend people who are arrested or charged with Disorderly Conduct statewide. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
(The New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Law)
The law provides as follows:
2C:33-2. Disorderly Conduct.
a. Improper Behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with the purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he
(1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or
(2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
b. Offensive Language. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense if, in a public place, and with the purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of so doing, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively course or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
“Public” means affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which public or a substantial group has access; among the places included are highways, transport facilities, schools, prisons, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, or any neighborhood.
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