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:

  1. Has intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person; and
  2. Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
  3. Makes unreasonable noise; or
  4. Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

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, including:

  • 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.

When you 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.

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