Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2904 defines disorderly conduct as behavior disruptive to the peace of another individual or a neighborhood. The statute can consider a wide range of behaviors because the law was written to cover broad elements.
If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, contact an attorney immediately to help you fight the charges.
Common Disorderly Conduct Charges
Our defense attorneys see many scenarios alleging disorderly conduct, including:
- Engaging in fighting
- Using offensive language
- Making unreasonable noise
- Refusing to obey lawful orders
- Recklessly handling a deadly weapon
This behavior is often due to intoxication, as alcohol can reduce people’s inhibitions. Drunken behavior and disorderly conduct can go hand-in-hand and are sometimes referred to as “drunk and disorderly,” even though this is not a legal term. Intoxication, however, is not necessary to file disorderly conduct charges.
Penalties of Disorderly Conduct Under ARS 13-2904
Possible penalties for disorderly conduct can differ if an individual is charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Arizona classifies disorderly conduct as a class 1 misdemeanor or class 6 felony. Most disorderly conduct charges are classified as misdemeanors, with possible punishments including victim restitution, up to six months in jail, and up to $2,500 in fines.
However, a person may face a felony disorderly conduct charge for recklessly handling, displaying, or discharging a deadly or dangerous weapon. Punishments for a first-time offense felony under ARS 13-2904 include four months to 2 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. A felony conviction could seriously impact an individual’s civil rights, employment, and future opportunities.
A disorderly conduct conviction, whether a misdemeanor or felony, requires proof that the defendant intended to disturb the peace or knew that their actions would be a disturbance. A skilled attorney could contest these allegations to defeat disorderly conduct charges under ARS 13-2904.
Reach Out to an Experienced Disorderly Conduct Attorney
If you were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, it is best to contact an attorney immediately. It is essential to understand the charges under ARS 13-2904 and the possible penalties. Reach out to the skillful attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group to walk you through the legal process during your initial consultation.