Also referred to as “disturbing the peace,” a disorderly conduct charge in the state of Arizona can easily turn into a serious crime, especially when any sort of weapons are involved. It’s not always easy to define exactly what constitutes a disorderly conduct crime as a person can be charged based on police discretion. Typically, charges are assessed when a person’s actions appear to be an attempt to disturb the peace or if the person is aware that their actions may have caused a disruption. Consulting with a disorderly conduct lawyer will help you figure out your specific options and your particular set of circumstances.
Some of the more common circumstances for disorderly conduct charges include the following:
- Disruptive behavior
- Unreasonable Noise
- Offensive language or gestures that might provoke immediate physical retaliation
- Refusal to obey a lawful order to disperse
- Reckless handling, display or discharge of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
Charges can be automatically escalated to a felony when a weapon is involved, including a gun, knife or even a broken piece of glass or heavy object that is thrown towards someone else. Felonies obviously carry a much heavier penalty, including time in prison.
Disorderly Conduct Lawyer – Kyle T. Green
When facing any type of disorderly conduct charges, it is important to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. As a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, I have the experience and knowledge to present an effective defense for any person facing disorderly conduct charges. This starts with working to get charges against you dropped altogether.
Time is of the Essence
As with most Arizona criminal defense cases, timing is crucial in building a strong defense for the accused. If you or a loved one has been arrested for disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace, call my office right away to set up an initial consultation. Let’s review the facts of your case together and work to clear your name and get on with life.