Disorderly conduct is where a person engages in fighting or other violent behavior, makes a bunch of 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 actually intend to disturb the peace of a neighborhood or person with their actions.
The law in Mesa Arizona regarding disorderly conduct can be found at ARS §13-2904, disorderly conduct occurs when an individual had an intent to disturb the peace of a family, neighbor, or person. Or at the very least, he/she must have an awareness of the disruption. Our criminal defense lawyers at Canyon State Law Firm can help you understand the fees and impact long-term related to accepting these charges.
• 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 up to the discretion of law enforcement to decide whether an individual’s actions are criminal. This is what makes the charge so subjective, and why it is one of the most frequent misdemeanor charges we see in our Mesa Arizona Law Firm.
Although “minor”, disorderly conduct is not a charge that should be taken lightly. If you are convicted, you risk several consequences that come with a criminal record, including difficulty finding employment, getting approved for loans, and more. Don’t let this happen to you. An aggressive criminal defense attorney in Mesa at Canyon State Law Firm is knowledgeable and ready to get started with your case and defend your rights.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Mesa
Most disorderly conduct charges are Class I misdemeanors in Arizona. A Class I misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor with which you can be charged – a conviction can come with a number of penalties, including community service, probation, fines of up to $2,500 and up to six months in county jail.
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.
If you are facing criminal charges for disturbing the peace, there is no time to waste in securing experienced legal representation. A Mesa 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 includes:
• 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
Please reach out to speak with our criminal defense team with questions you have:
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3707 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
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