Have you been charged with disorderly conduct in Tucson? Have you consulted with an experienced Tucson disorderly conduct attorney?
Disorderly conduct is a broad charge that encompasses all types of disruptive behavior that occurs in a public place. Police are given a great deal of discretion in determining what is disruptive behavior. Since a disorderly conduct charge is subjective to the arresting officer, it can often be fought in court.
Disorderly conduct can be charged as either a Class 6 Felony or Class 1 Misdemeanor. A Class 1 Misdemeanor has penalties of up to 6 months in jail and fines up to $2,500. Probation is normally available for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Disorderly conduct is charged as a Class 6 Felony if the crime involves the handling, display or discharge of a gun or other weapon. A Class 6 Felony has penalties that include 2 years in prison for a non-dangerous offense and up to 3 years for a dangerous felony offense.
ARS 13-2904 defines disorderly conduct as follows:
A. 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:
1. Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
2. Makes unreasonable noise; or
3. Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
4. 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
5. 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; or
6. Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
B. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 6 is a class 6 felony. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 is a class 1 misdemeanor.
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