Have You Been Charged For Disorderly Conduct and Need A Lawyer to Help You?

The crime of disorderly conduct is perhaps one of the broadest written criminal statutes in Arizona. Disorderly conduct is also known as “disturbing the peace” and encompasses many other offenses involving disruptive behavior. A person commits the misdemeanor crime if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, such person:

  1. Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
  2. Makes unreasonable noise; or
  3. Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
  4. Makes any protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession; or
  5. Refuses to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, a hazard or any other emergency.

If convicted of this misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, the penalty is up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 and 3 years probation on the first offense.

A person commits the felony disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, such person recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. This conviction carries a possible prison term from 4 months to 2 years. The maximum allowable fine is $150,000. Probation may be ordered for up to three years.

In addition to possible incarceration, probation and fines, a domestic violence conviction will add the requirement of court-mandated counseling. This counseling could last several months. The court can also restrict communication with the victim. A domestic violence conviction can affect you in family court, resulting in the loss of custody rights and restricted visitation with a child. The consequences do not end there. You will lose your right to possess a firearm. Due to the nature of the offense, domestic violence convictions can also result in the loss of valuable job opportunities.

If you stand accused of a disorderly conduct offense, contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, now. Your freedom, your rights and your future are at stake. It is very important that you speak to an experienced defense attorney. Robert A. Dodell provides individual service when protecting your rights. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, directly by email or by calling 480-860-4321 now for a free initial consultation.


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