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New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Knowledgeable Defense Lawyers Fight to Beat Disorderly Conduct Charges in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ

Any type of criminal conviction carries potentially serious penalties. Even relatively low-level disorderly conduct charges will appear on a criminal record. If you ever get into trouble in the future—even for a minor offense—the judge will have your prior criminal record in hand, which could result in more serious penalties. Contact our New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney today for a free initial consultation.

The leading New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney, Michele Finizio, works tirelessly to prevent a bad decision that results in disorderly conduct charges from impacting your future. The firm puts its substantial resources and qualified legal team to work in every case we take on. While other firms might put a minor disorderly conduct case on the back burner, The Law Offices of Michele Finizio fights hard to keep your record clean.

An experienced New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney will begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your arrest immediately. In some cases, video surveillance or eyewitness testimony might be used to exonerate you. If there were any problems with your arrest or interrogation, Michele Finizio continues to be determined to use them to negotiate on your behalf. 

Getting your disorderly conduct charges dismissed is the best possible outcome and the goal of every skilled disorderly conduct defense lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ. The New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio explores every option to reach this result, using our connections and resources to your advantage. Call or contact the firm today to schedule a 100% free initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney.

Facing A Disorderly Persons Offense And Have Questions? We Can Help. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Today At 856-888-9059 Or Fill Our Our Convenient Online Contact Form For A Free Consultation About Your Case.

Elements of a New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Charge

New Jersey Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Disorderly conduct charges are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C: 33-2. You can be convicted of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor-level petty disorderly persons offense if the prosecution can prove one of the following:

  • You engaged in fighting or threatening, or in some type of violent or tumultuous behavior
  • You created a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by engaging in any act that served no legitimate purpose
  • In an unreasonably loud manner and in a public place, you used unreasonably coarse or offensive language (considering the circumstances and people present) with the purpose of offending the sensibilities of anyone in hearing range (or with reckless disregard for whether you would offend someone)

If convicted, you could face: 

  • Jail time
  • Monetary fines 
  • Probation 
  • Restitution for injuries or property damage
  • Possibly a suspended driver’s license. 

While classified as a “petty” disorderly persons offense, you will have a criminal record that you will legally have to disclose when applying for a job, housing, or college/university admission.

However, the prosecution must prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict. Just as the circumstances surrounding a disorderly conduct charge can vary dramatically, a strong New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney can insert doubt as to whether the prosecution’s evidence is strong enough to convict. 

At The Law Offices of Michele Finizio, an experienced and respected New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney will personally handle every aspect of your case. You can rest assured that your case is being handled by someone who knows the law and understands the defense strategies that can be used to beat the charges. 

Top-Rated Attorney Dedicated to Building Strongest Possible Defense to Disorderly Conduct Charges to Keep Your Record Clean

Disorderly conduct is a charge that is often added to other offenses, such as simple assault, harassment, and even domestic violence. The prosecutors tend to overcharge in these cases, meaning that they will add any potentially available offenses to the list in order to gain more negotiating leverage. 

Michele Finizio continues to remain familiar with these tactics and is not intimidated. Not every instance of rowdy behavior or loud language is sufficient to support disorderly conduct charges. Your right to free speech remains intact, regardless of the statutory language. A strong defense strategy might involve:

  • Challenging whether you were in a place that was sufficiently public so that offensive language is actionable under the law
  • Questioning whether the circumstances support the prosecution’s allegations that your language would reasonably offend others who were present—remember, language that might be accepted in a loud bar might be extremely offensive in an elementary school
  • Challenging a case built upon generally “tumultuous” behavior, because the law also requires that the behavior must be likely to incite or agitate others
  • Identifying a legitimate reason for why you engaged in otherwise inappropriate behavior
  • Asserting actual innocence, such as in cases of mistaken identity where you are arrested after the fact
  • Constitutional violations, including lack of probable cause or problems with the arrest itself

Michele Finizio, a trusted New Jersey disorderly conduct attorney, has over 20 years of experience successfully persuading judges and prosecutors to dismiss or reduce disorderly conduct charges. The firm knows how to present the evidence in the most favorable light possible in your case. An experienced lawyer also understands the complex procedural rules that must be followed carefully to avoid jeopardizing your case. To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation today.


I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. Michael handled my case very well. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with any court issues.

Lelany J.


Very realistic and professional. Great with communication and prompt with follow ups. Flexible with availability, responds to both texts and phone calls. I was very happy with the service I received.

Jerilyn N.


Michele is an amazing attorney. She goes above and beyond to help. She answers her phone at all times of the day and is eager to get you the answers and give you the advice and representation you need. Don’t hesitate to use her services!!!!

J. L.

Speak with an Experienced Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer in New Jersey Today

Meeting with an experienced disorderly conduct defense lawyer is the first step in keeping your record clean. Even if you have no prior arrests or convictions and think you will get off with a slap on the wrist, remember that disorderly conduct is a criminal charge. The knowledgeable defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you.

Your initial consultation with The Law Offices of Michele Finizio is always free. Complete this online contact form or call the firm as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Disorderly Conduct Charges

Am I eligible for pre-trial intervention if arrested on disorderly conduct charges? 

If you have never completed a diversionary program in the past, disorderly conduct charges can be resolved through a pre-trial intervention. Diversionary programs include all diversionary programs—you cannot have participated in PTI, conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal. This must have been your first offense in order to participate.

What does the term “public” mean in the context of disorderly conduct charges? 

New Jersey courts have interpreted the term “public” to mean a place to which a substantial number of people can legally gain access. Schools, apartments, places of entertainment, businesses, transportation facilities, and even highways are all examples of public places. Even a neighborhood can be sufficiently public for disorderly conduct charges to stick, depending on the circumstances.

Reviews Matter

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

"I am extremely grateful for the exceptional legal services provided by my lawyer (Michele Finizio) in handling my charges. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in achieving positive outcomes for my case. Very Grateful.”
- Enrique R.

“Had a case and hired the team. Recieved a better outcome than anticipated. The process was smooth and relaxed. Definitely recommend! Thank you everyone!”
- Yashar E.

"I was facing some serious charges and Michele and Kevin made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process. Very professional, understanding, courteous, and diligent. Michele’s firm was highly recommended to me by a friend who has used her a few times. 10/10 highly recommend. Thank you so much Michele and Kevin!!!!"
- Samantha O.

“I highly recommend this law firm. They were easy to contact and very knowledgeable. I will definitely work with them again.”
- Stevey M.
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