Most communities have that one neighbor who complains about every little noise, from kids outside playing catch to the Fourth of July party with loud music. However, there are times when that neighbor’s complaints are justified, like frequent disturbances from a family that fights loudly and uses obscene language, or a person who decides to recklessly show off their gun and fires it for no reason.
When these types of disruptions happen, the people creating the disturbance might find themselves charged with disruptive behavior. While it may not seem like a serious charge, disorderly conduct crimes are punishable as misdemeanors and sometimes even as felonies that carry probation sentences and heavy fines. Turn to Van Norman law for help with disorderly conduct crimes throughout Arizona.
Arizona law ARS 13-2904 states that a person commits disorderly conduct if they disturb the peace of another person, family, or entire neighborhood. You could be charged with disorderly conduct for:
According to Arizona law, if the disorderly conduct does not include a deadly weapon, then it qualifies as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The punishments that could include:
Charges of disorderly conduct involving a deadly weapon (such as recklessly discharging a gun) qualify as a Class 6 felony with a mandatory jail sentence between 1.5 to 6 years, depending on whether the defendant has any prior felony convictions.
If arrested under ARS 13-2904, you could be facing jail time, which makes this a more serious offense than you might realize. Additionally, a charge of disorderly conduct on your record can have major implications for your future employment.
The good news is that a good disorderly conduct lawyer can use a number of defense tactics to represent your case in court. The expert team at Van Norman Law has been protecting the rights of Scottsdale residents for more than 30 years. Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can protect your rights.