- Has intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person; and
- Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
- Makes unreasonable noise; or
- Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
- Makes any protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession; or
- Refuses to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, a hazard or any other emergency; or
- Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
Arizona's disorderly conduct statute is what's known as a "catch-all" law. Essentially, you can be charged with disorderly conduct for any type of behavior that a police officer deems as inappropriate for a public place.
Penalties for Disorderly Conduct
Most disorderly conduct charges in Arizona are Class 1 misdemeanors. Misdemeanors have less severe punishments than felonies, but Class 1 charges are the most serious kind of misdemeanor. They can carry serious penalties, including:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines of up to $2,500
If your disorderly conduct charge involves a firearm, the charge automatically becomes a Class 6 felony. Felonies carry with them a whole other set of penalties including a year in prison. If you are convicted of a felony, your criminal record would reflect that charge, making it harder to find a job, secure a place to live, and qualify for credit cards, among many other potential effects on your life.
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There are many possible defenses for disorderly conduct which can be reviewed with you at your free consultation. Charlie Naegle fights for the best possible outcome, no matter how tough the charges you face. Charlie and his team will work with you to build a winning strategy and get the best possible outcome in your case.
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