Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct Charges

Under A.R.S. § 13-2904, a person commits disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, such person engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; makes unreasonable noise; uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; makes any protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession; or refuses to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, a hazard or any other emergency. Disorderly conduct for the aforementioned reasons is a class 1 misdemeanor. Under A.R.S. §§ 13-707, 13-802, and 13-902, a class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail, up to $2,500 in fines before surcharges, and up to three years of probation.

A.R.S. § 13-2904 further provides that a person commits disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, such person recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. However, this act of disorderly conduct is a class 6 felony. Felony sentencing varies depending on the facts of the crime and previous criminal history. Contact Us for a free consultation.

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