Disorderly conduct in Arizona carries significant consequences. This offense is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It is a Class 6 Dangerous Felony if a weapon is used. The dangerousness allegation means a trial sentence requires prison.
What does “Disorderly Conduct” mean?
A.R.S. §13-2904(A) defines Disorderly Conduct. The language in the Arizona statute can be long and confusing. The basics of this offense in Arizona are it is a crime to disturb another’s peace.
This crime ranges from someone disturbing the neighbor by playing music too loud to a person firing a gun into the sky. It may also be charged by domestic violence.
Ramifications of a Charge or Conviction
A conviction under this section carries life-long consequences, including a potential mandatory prison sentence. If charged as a Class 1 Misdemeanor, Disorderly Conduct carries a potential 6 month jail sentence, $2500 fine and up to 3 years probation. However, if charged as a Class 6 Felony using a weapon, it carries a mandatory prison sentence ranging from a minimum 1.5 years to 3 years, with the presumptive sentence being 2.25 years.
Moreover, there are additional consequences if charged “by domestic violence”, such as 26 required classes. Also, domestic violence charges and convictions have impacts on a person’s ability to rent a home or maintain certain professional licenses. Further, a person charged with or convicted by domestic violence may not even be able to return home.
Huss Law is an Experienced Arizona Disorderly Conduct Attorney
Jeremy L. Huss has spent 20 years handling Arizona criminal cases. During his nearly 13 years in the prosecutor’s office, Mr. Huss worked closely with law enforcement during all types of investigations and was lead trial counsel in many serious cases. Mr. Huss is knowledgeable with Arizona disorderly conduct prosecutions, as well as how to effectively defend them.