If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, you may be a bit confused
about the crime for which you have been accused.
Disorderly conduct can be a confounding charge, because it is a very broad and subjective
criminal violation which involves various offenses such as disturbing
the peace or causing a commotion. In Arizona, the criminal statutes define
disorderly conduct and outline which offenses can constitute this particular crime.
The Arizona State Legislature delineates in §13-2904 that this crime
is committed when any person disturbs the peace or quiet of a neighborhood,
family, or person. A person can be charged with disorderly conduct in
Arizona if he/she engages in fighting or any violent or other disruptive
behavior. While a person may also be charged with assault for this type
of behavior, it will depend upon the circumstances of the incident. Often-times
a person is charged with disorderly conduct combined with other violations, such as
criminal damage and other similar violations.
Additionally, if a person makes unreasonable noise with disregard to others,
or uses abusive and offensive language or gestures towards any other person
present that is likely to provoke physical retaliation, this can be considered
disorderly conduct. It is also disorderly conduct to make a protracted
commotion with the intent to prevent the transaction of a business in
a lawful meeting, gathering or procession.
For example, unnecessary gestures and motions to prevent a transaction
can be considered disorderly conduct in some circumstances. Also, if a
person refuses to obey lawful order and disperse after he or she is told
that he or she is breaking fire code or is not acting in the best interest
of the safety of others, this be considered disorderly conduct. Recklessly
handling, displaying, or discharging a deadly weapon or another dangerous
instrument is considered a class 6 felony charge, whereas all other behaviors
described above are considered a Class 1 misdemeanor charge.
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