Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct

July 21, 2010
By James E. Novak, P.L.L.C. on July 21, 2010 7:11 AM |

15 Defenses Good Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct Attorneys Use to Challenge Them

"Experienced Arizona Criminal Defense Attorneys can often get these cases dismissed".

If you have been charged with Disorderly Conduct in Scottsdale, you should consult a Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct attorney or an Arizona Criminal Lawyer who frequently defends clients against Disorderly Conduct Charges in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The terms "Disorderly conduct" are often used interchangeably with "disturbing the peace". Criminal Attorneys feel Disorderly Conduct Charges are overused citations. Often times, police use them as "catch all" charges, especially if they don't have anything else to charge you for. Sometimes they are simply just annoyed with you and want to charge you with something, anything. It is common to see it charged in conjunction with other offenses for example, DUI, domestic violence, or assault. Because of the subjectivity of disorderly conduct charges, they can be easily challenged by an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who defends disorderly conduct charges in Scottsdale, Arizona on a regular basis.

Some offenses which result in disorderly conduct in Arizona can include such behaviors as follows: Speech that others consider offensive, loud music, disruptive parties, assault, fighting, shouting, use of profanity in public, provocation, disturbing the peace in a business or the peace of its customers, refusing to leave a location when asked by an owner, manager, or police, waving or endangering display of a firearm, disrespectfulness or disobedience toward a police officer.

Disorderly Conduct falls under Arizona Criminal Code 13, "A.R.S. 13-2904. Disorderly conduct; classification..."

Disorderly Conduct charges can be charges as class 1 misdemeanor. Class 1 misdemeanors are the highest level of misdemeanor in the State of Arizona. They carry upwards of 6 months in prison and fines of $2,500. If the charges involve a firearm, they will be charged as a class 6 felonies. A felony disorderly conduct charge carries maximum penalties that include one year in prison, a felony criminal record, loss of right to bear firearms, probation, and other penalties ordered by the court. The severity of the punishments depend upon the circumstances, and whether or not a weapon was involved, or if it was a repeat offense.

Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct Defenses
An experienced Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct Attorney will gather, and examine all evidence; and build the best defense based on the unique circumstances of your case. The State of Arizona and Prosecution bear the burden of proving disorderly conduct charges were justified. Your Scottsdale Criminal Lawyer will determine if your constitutional rights were violated, evaluate for probable cause, justifiability of your actions, and through the proper legal channels present your side of the story.

Here are at least 15 defenses that an experienced Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct Attorney may use to defend your case:

1) You were attempting protect someone who could not protect themselves
2) You were the wrong person charged (this often applies when groups of people or multiple persons are involved in civil assemblies that turn violent)
3) No witnesses, video, audio, or other evidence to prove you displayed disorderly conduct.
4) You acted under threat, provocation or intimidation.
5) The Necessity Defense
6) Police Brutality
7) No other justifiable reason for charges, other than the police officer was annoyed with you.
8) You were exercising your right to "free speech" under the Constitution in an approved location, in an appropriate, orderly and peaceful fashion.
9) The police accused you of having "an attitude", with no proof or other justification. Were the police aware that you may suffer from a physical or mental disability, illness or syndrome that was mistaken for a "bad attitude"?
10) Actions were in self - or in defense, defense of home, property, or family
11) Other Violations of Your Constitutional Rights.
12) Objective witness statements overwhelmingly contradict the police officers statements
13) The police officer has a history of disciplinary actions in similar circumstances.
14) Someone else started the altercation
15) Your actions were not committed "with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person or with knowledge of doing so..." as required by A.R.S. 13-2904. Disorderly conduct; classification"

It is important to contact an Arizona disorderly conduct attorney who practices in Scottsdale, Arizona, if you face charges. Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys can often get these cases dismissed".

If you have been charged with any Scottsdale Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace charges, Domestic Violence, Assault, Aggravated felony assault, DUI, Extreme DUI, Repeat Offense DUI, Under age 21 DUI, DUI with child under 15 in vehicle, Aggravated Felony DUI, Drug, Felony Drug, Dangerous Drug, Narcotics, Marijuana, any Tempe, Arizona DUI, Tempe, Arizona Drug DUI, or any other criminal charge including theft, domestic violence, drugs crimes, probation violations, robbery, computer crimes, ID theft crimes, or any other criminal charges contact the Law Office of James Novak, for your Free Consultation at (480) 413-1499. Speak directly with experienced Scottsdale, Arizona Criminal Defense and DUI Defense Attorney and James Novak (Former Prosecutor).

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This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.