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Have you found yourself facing a disorderly conduct charge? This offense is one of the most loosely defined laws in Arizona, and it encompasses any number of charges that qualify as “disturbing the peace.”

Disorderly conduct laws often cause confusion among defendants who have been charged with disruptive behavior, which is why Sonoran Law Group can help you navigate the charges and defend your rights.

What is Disorderly Conduct in Arizona?

Minor crimes and misdemeanors that fall under ARS § 13-2904, which states that an individual can be charged with disorderly conduct if their knowing intention is to disturb the peace and quiet of a neighborhood, family or another person, include:

  • Fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior
  • Unreasonable noise
  • Abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person in a manner to likely provoke immediate physical retaliation
  • Disturbing or preventing others from conduction business, meetings or processes
  • Refusing to leave due to public safety concerns, or loitering
  • Reckless handling, display or discharge of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument (class 6 felony)

Most often, these charges are based on the observation of the law enforcement officer involved, which means that they are very subjective and defendable. Due to the nature of the charge, sometimes a good defense can have the charges dropped based on the subjectivity of the accusations.

Associated Penalties and Punishments

As stated above, many different behaviors and actions can be grouped under a disorderly conduct charge, and while most are categorized as misdemeanors, the penalties and punishments are serious. If accused and convicted of a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, individuals can face up to six months in jail, pay fines up to $2,500, and serve up to three years of probation on the first offense.

For the felony charge of disorderly conduct, class 6 felony, involving a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, the penalties are much more severe, including four months to two years in prison, max of $150,000 fine, and up to three years of probation.

Incarceration, fines, and probation are serious matters that can impact you, your family, your finances, housing, and your job. You could face serious and long-lasting challenges in all aspects of your life with any of these charges. It is easy to see how disorderly conduct charges can be confusing and broad, but with an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side, there are multiple defenses that could be used in your case.

Your Defense Strategy Matters

Various defenses that can be used in disorderly conduct cases include self-defense to prove that you did not knowingly, and with intent, cause a disturbance. Your case’s defense ultimately depends on the details and your legal options, which is why you should contact Sonoran Law Group.

At Sonoran Law Group, we understand that the outcome of your case is important, and we treat each client with individualized attention to ensure the best possible results. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and consultation to understand your case and legal options.

Let Sonoran Law Group and our criminal defense attorneys provide the necessary knowledge and experience to defend your rights in the best way possible.