Are You Facing a Charge For Disorderly Conduct in Tempe and Find Yourself In Need of a Lawyer’s Assistance?

Disorderly conduct is probably one of the broadest written criminal laws in Arizona. Also known as “disturbing the peace,” disorderly conduct encompasses quite a few other offenses which involve disruptive behavior. This misdemeanor crime is committed by a person if, with the intent of disturbing the quiet or peace of a person, family, or neighborhood, or with the knowledge of doing so, such person either:

  • Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior;
  • Makes unreasonable noise;
  • Use language or gestures that are offensive or abusive to any one present in a way which could provoke said person to react in immediate physical retaliation.
  • Makes any protracted utterance, commotion or display with the intent of preventing the transaction of business of a lawful gathering, procession, or meeting
  • Refuses to adhere to a lawful dispersal order which is issued to maintain safety of the public in dangerous proximity to a hazard, fire, or any other emergency.


The crime of disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor. The penalty for the misdemeanor is jail time for a period as long as six months as well as a fine of as much as $2,500 and three years’ probation.

A disorderly conduct is considered a felony if the person does so with the intent of disturbing the quiet or peace of a person, family or neighborhood, or with the knowledge of doing so, said person handles, discharges or displays a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon recklessly. A conviction such as this will carry a possible prison term for the period of 4 months to 2 years, with a fine not to exceed $150,000. There may also be an order of probation for a period up to three years.

On top of possibly being incarcerated, fines and probation, if the conviction is related to domestic violence, there is the additional requirement of court-mandated counseling. Counseling could last a minimum of several months. The court may also restrict the individual from communicating with the victim for an extended period of time. The court may also place in order restricted communication with the victim. You can also be affected by a domestic violence conviction in family court. Visitations with a child could be restricted or custody rights could be lost. Additionally, you lose the right of possessing a firearm. Because of the nature of the offense, valuable job opportunities can be lost with a conviction for domestic violence.

If you find yourself being accused of a disorderly conduct crime, get in touch now with Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law. Your rights, freedom and future are in jeopardy. It is crucial that you speak with an aggressive and skilled criminal damage attorney. To protect you from such crimes, Robert will help you with the defense that is needed. When protecting your rights, the services that Robert A. Dodell provides are tailor made. You can directly contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law; this can be done via email or by calling 480-860-4321. Call now and receive a free initial consultation.