Arizona Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Last Modified: May 9, 2024
Arizona disorderly conduct attorney

Most disorderly conduct charges are Class I misdemeanors in Arizona. It has become a major issue in the local area. This includes abusive or offensive language, immediate physical retaliation, and other disruptive behavior.

Misdemeanor disorderly conduct is still serious, and you need a Phoenix disorderly conduct attorney to help you. There has been a renewed focus on maintaining public safety. Sometimes, innocent people are unnecessarily charged with this offense.

At Genesis DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers, our Phoenix disorderly conduct lawyer is ready to defend your rights. Learn more about a disorderly conduct charge below, and then contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Our Arizona Disorderly Conduct Attorney Explains the Charges

Our Arizona disorderly conduct attorney explain the charges

Disorderly conduct is when a person engages in fighting or other violent behavior, makes an unnecessary noise, uses highly offensive language, disturbs a business's operations, refuses to obey public safety orders, or recklessly deals with a deadly weapon.

The law further requires that a person intend to disturb the peace of a neighborhood or person with their actions. The law in Arizona regarding disorderly conduct can be found at ARS §13-2904; disorderly conduct occurs when an individual has an intent to disturb the peace of a family, neighbor, or person. Or, at the very least, he/she must be aware of the disruption.

Our criminal defense lawyers at Canyon State Law Firm can help you understand the fees and long-term impact of accepting these charges.

What Qualifies as Disturbing the Peace?

One or more of the following can be considered disturbing the peace:

  • Unreasonable noise
  • Fighting or other violent behavior
  • Behavior that attempts to disrupt business
  • Recklessly handling or displaying a deadly weapon or deadly instrument
  • Refusal to leave the scene of a dangerous area when ordered by a law enforcement officer
  • Provoking a fight or attempting to provoke a fight using abusive language or offensive gestures

Also known as "disturbing the peace," a charge of disorderly conduct is subjective because it is up to law enforcement to decide whether an individual's actions are criminal. This is why it is one of our Arizona Law Firm's most frequent misdemeanor charges.

Although "minor," disorderly conduct is not a charge that should be taken lightly. If you are convicted, you risk several consequences of a criminal record, including difficulty finding employment, getting approved for loans, and more.

Don't let this happen to you. A criminal defense attorney in Arizona at Canyon State Law Firm is knowledgeable and ready to start your case and defend your rights.

Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Arizona

Penalties for disorderly conduct in Arizona

In Arizona, most disorderly conduct charges are Class I misdemeanors. A Class I misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor—a conviction can result in several penalties, including community service, probation, fines of up to $2,500, and up to six months in county jail.

This Is a Wobbler

Disorderly conduct / disturbing the peace can be charged as a felony if it involves a firearm or any deadly weapon. Recklessly handling a firearm or any deadly weapon can be punishable by even more serious fines, up to one year in prison, probation, and a forfeiture of your right to own or possess a firearm.

Defense for Disorderly Conduct

If you face criminal charges for disturbing the peace, there is no time to waste securing experienced legal representation. An Arizona criminal defense lawyer will work immediately to understand your case, find any evidence, and create an effective defense.

A few possible defenses that can weaken the prosecution's case include:

  • Lack of evidence demonstrating disorderly conduct
  • Violation of rights, such as your right to free speech or right to assemble
  • Justification defense that argues you were acting in self-defense if you were being provoked

How We Customize Your Defense Against Charges of Disorderly Conduct

When defending against charges of disorderly conduct, we begin by thoroughly reviewing the circumstances and details of your alleged offense. We consider the context of the charges, looking for inconsistencies or exaggerations in the accuser's version of events.

Our approach is to tailor a defense strategy that addresses the specific nuances of your case, whether it involves disputing the intent to disrupt public order or challenging the legality of the police response. We aim to dismantle the prosecution's arguments by introducing doubt about every critical element they must prove.

In crafting your defense, we assess potential witnesses and gather statements supporting your account of the incident. Our team works to demonstrate your character and any mitigating factors that might influence the severity of the situation.

We explore all available avenues, from negotiating plea deals to preparing for a full trial defense. We ensure we choose the path that best suits your needs and leads to the most favorable outcome. Focusing on a personalized defense strategy ensures your side of the story is heard and validated in the courtroom.

Should You Take Your Case To Trial?

Deciding whether to take your disorderly conduct case to trial is an important decision that requires careful consideration of your situation's specifics. We start by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case against you and the credibility of any evidence or witnesses they may present.

This assessment helps determine the likelihood of a favorable outcome through trial versus other alternatives like plea bargaining. If the potential for an acquittal is high or the offered plea deals are unsatisfactory, pushing for a trial might be the best strategy.

However, going to trial carries risks, including the uncertainty of how a jury will react to the evidence and testimony presented. We prepare you for what to expect during the trial, from the selection of jurors to the presentation of evidence and the final arguments.

We ensure that you are fully informed and comfortable with the trial process, providing you with the support and guidance needed every step of the way. Our commitment is to empower you with the best legal defense and representation, maximizing your chances of a favorable verdict.

The Benefits of Partnering With Our Team

The benefits of partnering with our team
  • Experienced legal representation: Our team has years of experience handling various legal issues, from minor infractions to major felonies. We understand the nuances of the legal system and use our knowledge to your advantage. Each case is handled with the utmost professionalism and dedication to achieving the best possible outcome.
  • Personalized attention to each case: Clients deserve individual attention and a tailored defense strategy. Our attorneys spend time getting to know you and your case details, ensuring that no stone is left unturned. This personalized approach helps us create more effective defense strategies specifically aligned with your legal goals.
  • Access to resources: Partnering with our firm gives you access to a broad range of resources, including expert witnesses, private investigators, and advanced legal technologies. These resources can be vital in dismantling the prosecution's case and building a strong defense. We use our network to support your case from every angle.
  • Transparent communication: We maintain open lines of communication with our clients throughout their legal proceedings. You will receive regular updates about the status of your case and have your questions answered promptly. This transparency helps reduce the stress and uncertainty associated with legal battles.
  • Proven track record of success: Our firm has a proven track record of successfully resolving cases through settlements and trials. We have secured favorable outcomes for countless clients, demonstrating our ability to handle complex legal challenges effectively. Trusting us with your case increases your chances of a successful resolution.

Contact Our Arizona Disorderly Conduct Attorney To Schedule a Free Case Consultation

Contact our Arizona disorderly conduct attorney to schedule a free consultation

Being charged with disorderly conduct can be stressful. However, you do not have to face it alone. Genesis DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers is ready to defend your rights. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.

Please reach out to speak with our criminal defense team with questions you have:

We are located in Arizona with locations across the East Valley and offer a free legal consultation with a criminal defense lawyer about your criminal charges.

Canyon State Law – Mesa

3707 E Southern Ave Mesa, AZ 85206

(480) 405-1847

All initial consultations are free, and we will help you quickly determine what you should do with your pending criminal charges. Our attorneys and staff are friendly and understanding of your situation.

We can help you if you have been arrested and charged with any of the following crimes in Arizona:

  • DUI
  • Extreme DUI
  • Super Extreme DUI
  • DUI Admissible Evidence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Endangerment
  • Threatening or Intimidation
  • Assault
  • Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Dogs Not Permitted at Large
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Public Sexual Indecency
  • Contributing to Delinquency or Dependency
  • Permitting Minor to be Imperiled
  • Criminal Trespass First Degree
  • Criminal Trespass Second Degree
  • Criminal Trespass Third-Degree
  • Criminal Damage
  • Theft
  • Prostitution
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Harassment
  • Failure to Appear
  • Resisting Arrest
  • False Reporting
  • Boating DUI
  • Boating DUI Extreme
  • Drag Racing
  • Excessive Speeding
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Unreasonable Speed
  • Possession, Use, Sale, or Transport of Prescription Drugs
  • Possession or Sale of Regulated Chemicals or Equipment
  • Possession with Intent to Use Imitation Controlled Substances
  • Possession with Intent to Use Imitation Prescription Drug
  • Possession with Intent to Use Imitation Over the Counter (OTC) Drug
  • Misconduct Involving Weapons
  • Misconduct Involving Explosives
  • Probation Violation
  • Shoplifting

Criminal Defense Attorneys Near Me

Canyon State Law has criminal defense attorneys in convenient locations across Maricopa, Pinal, and other counties in Arizona. Visit our web page for each of these cities for more specific information:

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