Disorderly Conduct

The crime of Disorderly Conduct in Arizona, criminalized by Arizona Revised Statues § 13-2904, is what most people think of as “disturbing the peace.”  You commit Disorderly Conduct if, with the intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family, or person, or with the knowledge of doing so, you do any of the following:

  • Engage in fighting, violent, or seriously disruptive behavior;
  • Make unreasonable noise;
  • Use abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by them;
  • Make a protracted commotion, utterance, or display intending to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering, or procession;
  • Refuse to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety near a fire, hazard, or other emergency;
  • Recklessly handle, display, or discharge a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument

The punishment for Disorderly Conduct depends on how you commit it.

If you commit Disorderly Conduct by recklessly handling, displaying, or discharging a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, then it is a Class 6 Felony.  If convicted, you face 4 months to 2 years in prison, up to 3 years of probation, a fine of up to $150,000, and a felony conviction on your record.  Moreover, the prosecution may choose to charge such an offense as a “Dangerous” offense.  If it does so, you face a mandatory prison sentence of 1.5 to 3 years and are ineligible for probation if convicted.

All other forms of Disorderly Conduct are Class 1 Misdemeanors.  A Class 1 Misdemeanor carries a maximum jail sentence of 6 months, a maximum fine of $2,500, and up to 3 years of probation.

Every Disorderly Conduct case is different and requires an individualized approach.  The attorneys at AZ Defenders have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you achieve the best possible result in your Disorderly Conduct case and will tailor a defense strategy best suited to achieve that result.  Contact us today by calling 480-248-7666 or online and schedule a free consultation today.

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