Hamilton NJ Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
An individual can face a disorderly conduct offense much easier in the Mercer County municipality of Hamilton than most anticipate. The charge can arise from a disagreement with a police officer, altercation at a local bar, argument at a youth sporting event or in many other contexts in Hamilton Township. Irrespective of how you find yourself facing a disorderly conduct charge in Hamilton, it is important that you choose the right lawyer to defend you so that you have every opportunity to avert the pitfalls of a conviction. No one needs a criminal record and all of the other legal consequences of a guilty finding and the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can insure that you have every chance of avoiding this risk. We are former prosecutors and highly knowledgeable attorneys that have over a century of experience representing individuals charged with disorderly conduct in Mercer County, including in Hamilton Township Municipal Court. To speak to an attorney with the qualities that are necessary to fully protect you, contact our Hamilton Office at 609–683–8102 for an immediate free consultation.Disorderly Conduct Charge in Hamilton New Jersey
Disorderly conduct is defined under the statute N.J.S.A 2C:33-2. A person can be charged with disorderly conduct if they engage in one of two varieties violation, namely, improper behavior or use offensive language. Improper behavior under this law includes fighting, engaging in behavior that is tumultuous, threatening or violent, or creating a condition that is physically dangerous or hazardous. Someone violates this statute through offensive language when in a “public place, and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of so doing, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.”
A necessary element of disorderly conduct is that the violation occur in “public”. The New Jersey law defines “public” as any area likely to affect or actually affecting a place where a group of people have access. These places range from amusement parks to transportation buses, highways and places of business. The statute also includes any neighborhood or apartment houses as public places.
Disorderly conduct is considered a petty disorderly person offense. This what individuals commonly referred to as a misdemeanor criminal violation. A charge of this nature falls squarely within the jurisdiction of the Hamilton Municipal Court. A conviction for disorderly conduct in Hamilton exposes you to a criminal record and penalties that include a fine of up to $500, a county jail sentence that can reach 30 days, probation, anger management, restitution and even the potential for a license suspension.Hamilton Township Disorderly Conduct Attorney
Disorderly conduct may not sound like a serious offense but do not be lulled into thinking it cannot significantly impact your future. You will have a criminal record that every future employer will see when they perform a background check and this could hardly be viewed as something favorable. There are also a host of direct penalties, including a possible jail sentence, that should be avoided at all cost. An attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help you avoid such a result. Our staff of former prosecutors and seasoned defense lawyers have been appearing in the municipal court of Hamilton for decades and certainly have the goods to deliver a dismissal or downgrade to a non-criminal municipal ordinance violation. For a no obligation consultation with a lawyer on our team, call us anytime 24/7 at 609–683–8102.