In Arizona, there are several reasons why someone can be charged with disorderly conduct. Because the law is fairly vague, it’s possible to be charged with it simply because you are being loud or obnoxious. Here is a list of some of the typical reasons why people are charged with disorderly conduct:
- Engaging in “unreasonable” noise
- Provoking someone by using abusive or offensive language
- Fighting or participating in behavior that is considered “seriously disruptive”
- Disrupting a business by making a commotion
- Handling or displaying a firearm in a reckless manner
- Refusing to leave an area (such as the scene of an emergency or fire) when officials instruct you to do so
The disadvantage of getting charged with disorderly conduct in Arizona is that the charges are the same regardless of your actions. This means you can face the same charges whether you’re in a public fight or having a loud party at your house. When a firearm is involved, it can make the charges more severe.
At the same time, the vagueness of the law can work to your advantage if you are using a good lawyer. An experienced Defense Attorney knows how to argue that the officer that arrested you may have exaggerated your behavior at the time of the charges. Your attorney should take the time to look into all of the facts of the case, including interviewing witnesses at the scene. They might also look into the arrest record of the officer involved to try and establish a pattern of exaggerating behavior.
The goal for your lawyer should be to get you the best possible outcome, including reduced charges or even a dismissal if possible. Be sure to give the law offices of Charlie Naegle a call to set up an initial consultation where you can discuss your case and learn more about your options.