In the state of New Jersey, a disorderly persons offense is a lower tier criminal offense. Disorderly persons offenses are prosecuted in the Municipal Court of the municipality where the alleged offense occurred. A disorderly persons offense is similar to a “misdemeanor.” Generally, a “felony” is punishable by more than one year in prison. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by less than one year in prison and include a fine.
The maximum jail time that an accused will face is 6 months in prison. Generally speaking, the punishment for a disorderly persons offense is up to 6 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. A “petty disorderly persons” offense carries even lower penalties than a disorderly persons offense. One that is accused of a petty disorderly offense, such as disorderly conduct, faces up to 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Disorderly persons offenses cover a wide range of conduct. Here are some examples:
Pursuant to NJSA 2C:1-4(b), a disorderly persons offense is not considered a crime. Even though it is not considered a crime, one who is accused of this offense may still be subject to an arrest, jail time, and a large fine. Conviction may lead to a criminal record which may have to be reported and college and job applications. Hire an attorney who will zealously advocate for your rights. Hiring an attorney puts you at a better chance of having this charge completely dismissed or amended to a lower violation.
If you have been accused of a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons violation, Attorney Peter Michael is happy to speak with you and provide all the answers to your questions! Call us now for your free no oblation consultation.