Charged With Disorderly Conduct Under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2
The New Jersey disorderly conduct law outlines types of behavior that can result in a Holmdel disorderly conduct complaint or summons. The first variety of disorderly conduct set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 involves improper behavior. An individual commits a violation in this form if they engage in conduct which is intended or recklessly causes public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. Examples of improper behavior falling within this category include fighting, threatening, violent, tumultuous, hazardous or dangerous. Use of offensive language is the second form of disorderly conduct set forth under this law. Your words can violate 2C:33-2 where they are are in a public place, with a purpose to offend, and are unreasonably loud, or offensively coarse or abusive. For purpose of the statute, “public” means any location, including facilities, schools, or places of business, where members of the public or a substantial group has access.
A conviction for disorderly conduct results in a record for the equivalent of a misdemeanor criminal charge. The penalties at sentencing include a fine of up to $1,000, as well as the possibility of a county jail term of six months. These are the primary statutory penalties although the court is also free to order probation, community service, counseling and other conditions.