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Disorderly Conduct Charge in Cranford New Jersey

The Union County municipality of Cranford is much busier than most individuals might think when it comes to criminal charges like disorderly conduct. There are many reasons for this phenomenon including a vibrant downtown, the presence of the Garden State Parkway and a highly focused police department. For those charged with disorderly conduct in Cranford New Jersey, selecting the right lawyer is extremely important. Failure to avoid a guilty finding for disorderly conduct will not only result in a record but also expose you to a potential jail sentence so engaging a savvy defense attorney is pivotal if you want to ensure the best chance of escaping a conviction.  Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our criminal lawyers are former prosecutors and highly experienced litigators who have been appearing in Cranford Municipal Court for more than 100 years combined. To discuss your case in a free consultation with one of our attorneys immediately, contact us at 908-272-1700 anytime of day or night.

Charged With Disorderly Conduct In Cranford

In order to assess your case properly, it is important that you know precisely what is set forth under the New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Law. The relevant statute is N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 and it provides that:

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

(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.

In order for a violation under either subsection to arise, the conduct must take place in “public”, meaning, that it must be likely to affect other individuals. In terms of improper behavior, the Cranford municipal prosecutor must also prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that you: (1) had the purpose to cause or recklessly created a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm; and (2) engaged in either fighting, threatening or violent or tumultuous behavior or created a hazard or physically dangerous condition. In order for you to be convicted of disorderly conduct for offensive language in Cranford Municipal Court, the speech must be such that it is likely to invite the hearer to an immediate breach of the peace.

The penalties for a Cranford disorderly conduct offense include a county jail term of up to 30 days, fine of up to $500, probation, mandatory court assessments and costs, community service and even a driver’s license suspension. A conviction can be avoided by our lawyers successfully defending the charge or, alternatively, by gaining admission into the conditional dismissal program.

Cranford Disorderly Conduct Defense Attorney

A common mistake of individuals arrested or otherwise charged under 2C:33-2 is to take the related complaint too lightly and seek the services of a qualified defense attorney when it is too late. Do not fall victim to this error and call our lawyers to discuss your case without obligation now. A lawyer on our staff is available around the clock to answer your questions and guide you through this confusing time. One of our attorneys is available at 908-272-1700 to speak to you immediately.