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In New Jersey, misdemeanors are called disorderly persons offenses. Any crimes that would fit under the misdemeanor category in other states generally would be considered a disorderly persons offense under New Jersey statute. If you are convicted of a disorderly persons offense, it will go on your permanent record. Accordingly, it is vital to consult with the knowledgeable New Jersey Disorderly Persons Offense Lawyers at Team Law who have experience with the criminal justice system and can fight to get your charges dropped or downgraded. Particularly in New Jersey, the consequences for a disorderly persons conviction are serious, as some offenses are treated as violent crimes even if no one was physically hurt.
At Team Law, our experienced criminal defense attorneys have the tenacity and expertise to defend charges brought against you in both Municipal Court and Superior Court. Our legal team understands what is at stake – we provide strong and effective representation for a wide range of disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey. Even a seemingly minor disorderly persons offense conviction can potentially have serious long-term consequences. We provide superior legal representation in order to achieve the best result possible for you.
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Under New Jersey criminal statute, a disorderly persons offense is defined as any enumerated offense that can be punished by no more than six months in jail. Felonies mandate a jail time of more than six months. Some of the most common disorderly persons offenses our firm handles include:
Penalties for disorderly persons offense charge can include up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Disorderly conduct is a commonly charged disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. The statutory language in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 defines disorderly conduct as:
a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he or she:
(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 purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of so doing, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
If you have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges or accused of any other disorderly persons offense, contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Team Law to learn more about how we can help today.
While not at the level of felony crimes, disorderly persons offenses can potentially have serious consequences if there is a conviction. Even if it is your first arrest, a disorderly persons offense conviction can land you in jail and create the embarrassing need to disclose a criminal record in the future. At Team Law, our attorneys treat you with compassion and respect. If you or a loved one is facing a disorderly persons charge in New Jersey, you need to act fast to secure your legal protection in order to have all of your rights and options available to you. We are here to support you through the difficulties and nuances of the legal process. We will fight for your rights and interests. Contact Team Law for a free and confidential consultation.
Yes. The state prosecutor must charge you with a disorderly persons offense within one year of the time you allegedly committed the offense. Under the statute of limitations, criminal charges brought more than one year after the alleged disorderly persons offense will be time-barred.
Yes, in some cases. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for a diversionary program, such as conditional discharge. If you are charged with a drug-related disorderly persons offense, such as simple possession of marijuana, you may be able to avoid jail time and instead complete one year of probation. Assuming you successfully complete the program requirements, you may be able to avoid conviction by successfully completing the diversionary program.
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