Have you recently been charged with disorderly conduct? Are you confused about the charge? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Ask any disorderly conduct defense attorney in Arizona, disorderly conduct is easily one of the most vague offenses you can be charged with, both in Phoenix and in the rest of the Arizona. Disorderly conduct is typically the charge you receive if you have been found in a suspicious place under circumstances that show a crime was committed.
What is “Disorderly Conduct?”
Disorderly conduct is also known as “disturbing the peace” and is typically an umbrella term which encompasses many other offenses involving disruptive behavior.
Under Arizona law, the prosecutor must prove that the following occurred:
- The defendant intended to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood or knew they were doing so; or
- The defendant engaged in fighting, violent, or seriously disruptive behavior.
Arizona courts have interpreted “seriously disruptive behavior” to mean that the defendant threw the situation into disorder or turmoil and interrupted it to the extent of stopping; this falls under the umbrella of fighting or similar threats likely to provoke a response.
Disorderly conduct is frequently charged to juveniles who act out in school. Do not allow the heated mistakes of one day haunt you for years to come, contact an experienced Phoenix disorderly conduct lawyer.