What is disorderly conduct?
Know Your Rights & Options
Arizona’s disorderly conduct law is what’s known as a “catch-all”
law. You can be charged with disorderly conduct for any type of behavior
that a police officer deems as inappropriate for a public place. Because
of this, people facing disorderly conduct charges should consider consulting
with an Arizona disorderly conduct attorney. Charlie Naegle and team will
be able to discuss the specifics of your case and consult with you on
how to best to argue against your disorderly conduct charge.
Reasons for an Arizona Disorderly Conduct Charge
Under Arizona Law (quoted from A.R.S. 13-2904), a person commits disorderly
conduct if the person:
- Has intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person; and
- Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
- Makes unreasonable noise; or
- Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in
a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
- 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
- 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; or
- Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct
Most disorderly conduct charges in Arizona are Class 1 misdemeanors. Misdemeanors
typically have less severe punishments than felonies, but Class 1 charges
are the most serious kind of misdemeanor and can carry serious penalties,
- Up to six months in prison
- Fines of up to $2,500
If your disorderly conduct charge involves a firearm (#7 above), the charge
automatically becomes a Class 6 felony. Felonies carry with them a whole
other set of penalties including a year in prison. If you are convicted
of a felony, your criminal record would reflect that charge, making it
harder to find a job, secure a place to live, and qualify for credit cards.
Start Defending Your Charges. Call Charlie Naegle Today.
There are many possible defenses for disorderly conduct which can be reviewed
with you at your consultation. Charlie Naegle fights for the best possible
outcome, no matter how tough your charges.
hire Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys, you will work directly with experienced criminal defense attorney Charlie
Naegle. You’re more than a number to us and we’ll make sure
you walk away knowing that.
Call Charlie Naegle at 480-418-0776 for help today!