Disorderly Conduct Charges – Arizona

Disorderly Conduct is an offense that is commonly referred to as “disturbing the peace.” This is a common charge in the case of public fights or arguments in Arizona. If you’re facing a disorderly conduct charge in Arizona, you need to consult with a legal expert who’ll help you protect your rights and ensure that you avoid the penalties that may result.

People make mistakes, and there are alternative outcomes available to you. At Rosenstein Law Group, our Arizona DUI Lawyers are uniquely qualified to deal with Disorderly Conduct in Arizona. Our Arizona DUI Attorneys can help you deal with this offense and the potential consequences to your future.  Call (480) 248-7666 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for immediate legal help.

What is Considered Disorderly Conduct in Arizona

You may be charged with Disorderly Conduct in Arizona under the following circumstances:

If, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, a person:

  • Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior.
  • Makes unreasonable noise.
  • Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person.
  • Makes any protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession.
  • 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.
  • Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

The Punishment for Disorderly Conduct in Arizona

Most cases in Arizona involving Disorderly Conduct are charged as a class 1 misdemeanor. In fact, of the six types of Disorderly Conduct above, only the last type (number 6) is considered a class 6 felony offense. The consequences of Disorderly Conduct charges in Arizona, depending on severity of the charge may include:

  • Jail -Up to 180 days in Jail
  • Probation – Up to 3 years of Probation
  • Expensive fines and fees – Up to $2,500 fine plus surcharges
  • Permanent criminal conviction on your record

Disorderly Conduct Charged as a Felony

If charged with Disorderly Conduct as a class 6 felony, the punishment may increase substantially. A class 6 felony commonly carries a penalty of 4 months to 2 years of prison, up to three years of probation, and a fine of up to $150,000 plus surcharges. However, in many cases a “Dangerous” allegation is filed by the prosecutor. If convicted of Disorderly Conduct as a Dangerous offense, a person is not eligible for probation and will face a mandatory prison term of 1.5 to 3 years.

Along with jail, prison, probation, and fines, a person convicted of disorderly conduct will have a permanent criminal conviction on their record. If convicted of a felony, a person will lose certain civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm, vote, hold public office, or serve on a jury.

As you can see, there are many different ways that a person can be charged with Disorderly Conduct in Arizona.

What to do if You Face Disorderly Conduct Charges in Arizona

Even though Disorderly Conduct or “disturbing the peace” may sound like a minor offense at first blush, it is still a criminal charge that can have severe penalties and lasting consequences that may affect your employment, housing, financial transactions, or professional licenses. If you have been charged with Disorderly Conduct, it is best to contact an experienced attorney that can make sure your rights are protected. With an aggressive defense, it may be possible to have charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

Protecting Your Legal Rights When Facing A Disorderly Conduct Charge

The legal team at Rosenstein Law Group has decades of combined experience in defending disorderly conduct offenses. Our experienced attorneys have the resources and knowledge to effectively defend your case to get the best possible result you and your case. Dealing with a disorderly conduct charge in Arizona can be stressful and time consuming, call the legal team at Rosenstein Law Group to get them start working on your case immediately without risk.

Arizona Disorderly Conduct Lawyer

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