Disorderly conduct is the most common criminal offense charged in the Maricopa County Municipal and Justice Courts. It is often a “catch all” charge that is broad and allows Arizona law enforcement to make an arrest if a person is being a public nuisance without breaking another specific law. While disorderly conduct is a relatively minor misdemeanor it will show on one’s record as a permanent criminal offense and can result in fines and jail time. Bretton Barber is a Phoenix criminal defense attorney who fights to get disorderly conduct charges dismissed for a number of reasons. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Arizona attorney representing those charged with misdemeanor disturbing of the peace or disorderly conduct
A disorderly conduct charge can refer to a number of behaviors. Disorderly conduct may be charged if a person engages in:
- Fighting or seriously disruptive behavior
- Making “unreasonable” noise in either a public or private space
- Making abusive or offensive language in an attempt to provoke another
- Making a commotion to disrupt a business
- Refusing to leave an area as directed by officials
- Recklessly handling or displaying a firearm
- Otherwise disturbing the peace
Most disorderly conduct charges are filed as a class one misdemeanor. This means that the case will either proceed in Municipal or Justice Court, depending on where you were arrested. After your arraignment a trial date will be set. It is important that you be adequately represented.
Bretton Barber assists Arizona residents who are charged with disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct. As such charges are usually the result of “catch all” activity there is sometimes a dispute as to whether the conduct was, in fact, criminal in nature. Bretton will immediately acquire the arrest reports, witness statements, and any other evidence the prosecution intends to use. He will work for a quick resolution while defending your rights throughout the process. We stay in regular contact with our clients and Bretton regularly provides his personal cell phone number so he may be easily contacted. We understand that this is a stressful time and we will strive to provide you with the highest level of service. In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.
Defense attorney helping Phoenix residents to understand that disorderly conduct charges must be taken seriously
It can be easy for a defendant to think that disturbing the peace is “no big deal.” The truth of the matter, however, is that potentially having a criminal record is a very serious matter. If you are facing such charges then it is important that you quickly consult with a lawyer. A permanent record will show on background checks, make it difficult to gain employment, and will otherwise hinder one’s future. These are serious charges. We will take them seriously.
If you have previously been convicted and wish to clear your record then contact us to discuss an expungement or conviction set aside.