The Former Prosecutor of Howell Is Ready To Defend Your Disorderly Conduct Charge
Howell is the second most populated municipality in Monmouth County so it makes sense that there are many disorderly conduct offenses written in the town. The charge crops up so often that the township has adopted a breach of peace and good order ordinance that comes into play in addition to N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 when someone engages in disorderly conduct and other improper behavior. If you were arrested and/or charged with either violation in Howell Township, an attorney at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is equipped to successfully defend you. Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience and include several former prosecutors, even one who formerly served in this community. To speak to a lawyer on our staff anytime 24/7 in a free consultation, call our Wall Office at 732-449-2292.
Disorderly Conduct Offense in Howell Township
The variety of disorderly conduct typically encountered in Howell Township is the one issued in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. This statute is triggered in three instances. The first way is when someone engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior. The second circumstance where disorderly conduct can occur is where someone creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition which serves no legitimate purpose. The third and final form of 2c:33-2 occurs where someone uses offensive language in a public place. Words fall within this category where they are unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive. It is a disorderly persons offense for someone to violate this law under any of these circumstances. The potential punishment if convicted is a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail term that can reach six months. You also have a record that cannot be expunged for at least five years upon conviction.
A municipal ordinance violation for disorderly conduct can also occur in three ways. You can be charged under any of the following three ordinances.
Section 220-1. Public Intoxication; offensive language
Any person or persons who shall loiter or assemble on the streets, at the corners of the streets, or in other public places of the Township of Howell, being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or who, not being under such influence, shall indulge in and utter loud and offensive or indecent language shall be deemed and adjudged to be in violation of this chapter.
Any person who, being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, shall loiter in any public or quasi-public place or in or upon any private property not his own within the Township or who, not being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, shall there indulge in and utter loud and offensive or indecent language shall be adjudged to be in violation of this chapter.
Section 220-2. Breach of peace.
No person shall make, aid or assist in making any disturbance, riot or breach of the peace in the streets or elsewhere within the Township.
Section 220-3. Brawling and disorderly conduct.
No person shall revel, quarrel, brawl or otherwise misbehave in a disorderly manner to the disturbance or annoyance of the peaceful inhabitants of the Township or be guilty of any other disorderly conduct in or on a street or other public place.
Howell Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer
Irrespective of the basis for your being charged with disorderly conduct, a conviction in Howell Municipal Court can result in significant ramification. The record that flows from a guilty finding can effect your ability to secure employment, obtain a loan, or negatively impact you in other aspects involving a background check. There are also the direct penalties and consequences that are serious in the form of fines and even the possibility of jail. This is why securing representation by a lawyer like those at our firm is so important. For immediate assistance from one of the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, contact our office.