In Arizona, disorderly conduct is one of the most common criminal charges because of its all-encompassing nature.
Disorderly Conduct Charges
If you get in a fight, make unreasonable noise, use abusive or offensive language or recklessly handle, display or discharge a deadly weapon or dangerous object, a police officer can charge you with disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is a class 1 misdemeanor unless a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is used.
Just because a police officer charges you with disorderly conduct, does not mean that your actions were criminal. The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you either acted with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or you acted with knowledge of doing so. (ARS 13-2904)
Disorderly Conduct Defense Attorney
At the Law Offices of Robert A. Butler PLLC, we have handled hundreds of criminal damage cases. We are skilled in asking the right questions and providing an effective defense to disorderly conduct charges. We can help you!
What is unreasonable noise? When does language become abusive? When is it reckless to display a firearm? Were you even aware that other people were disturbed? The judge, not the arresting police officer, determines if the State can prove you committed a crime.