Disorderly conduct is a common criminal charge in the state of Arizona. Most disorderly conduct cases are charged as a class 1 misdemeanor, however, in some circumstances, a perpetrator can be charged with a class 6 felony.
A conviction for disorderly conduct will affect your criminal record and subject you to potential penalties.
For these reasons, you should seek out representation from a criminal attorney if you are charged.
According to Arizona law, disorderly conduct is when a person intends to disturb the peace of a neighborhood, family, or person or with knowledge of doing so they:
If a person is alleged to have committed any of the conduct listed above, then they could face a class 1 misdemeanor. If they are alleged to have committed any of these acts and a firearm was involved, then they could be charged with a class 6 felony.
A person who is convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor disorderly conduct may face the following penalties:
A person convicted of a class 6 felony disorderly conduct may face up to 1 year in prison and a loss of certain civil rights.
In additional to the potential fines, jail, and probation, a conviction may also result in mandatory drug and alcohol testing, court-ordered substance abuse, or anger management treatment, community service, limitations on firearm possession, and other court imposed requirements.
In some situations, there may be defenses available to challenge the charge. This could result in dismissal of the case, a reduction to a less significant charge, or decreased sentencing recommendations.
Some defenses that may be raised include:
Because a disorderly conduct can have significant consequences, you should be aware of your rights and exercise those rights. Those rights include:
To ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a just outcome, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. A criminal attorney will provide you with legal advice about your case and help you know what to expect. They will advocate for you to receive a fair and just result. At the Law Offices of Gary L Rohlwing, our team strives to help our clients receive the best result possible under the circumstances. We are experienced and know what it takes to present a successful defense.