If you received have received a citation for disorderly conduct, your ticket is probably out of one of the following Chandler Courts: Kyrene Justice Court, San Tan Justice Court, San Marcos Justice Court, University Lakes Justice Court, Chandler Municipal Court, or Maricopa County Superior Court. If your citation is out of any of these listed Courts, let a Chandler disorderly conduct lawyer with our firm help you. Our team of experienced attorneys know these courts well and have helped numerous defendants navigate their cases.
What is disorderly conduct? The basic definition would be a situation where a fight or altercation may have occurred in an otherwise normally peaceful area. Disorderly conduct is defined specifically under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-2904, and it can be designated a Class 1 misdemeanor or a Class 6 felony, depending on the situation. Whether it is charged as a misdemeanor or felony, it is important for people facing a disorderly conduct offense to seek guidance from an experienced attorney in Chandler.
There are two different categories of disorderly conduct in Arizona: Class 1 misdemeanor and Class 6 felony. Regardless of what classification of crime you have been charged with, the process the case will take through the courts will be the same.
When a driver is given a citation for disorderly conduct in Chandler, they will be either issued a citation and released with a scheduled court date, or be arrested and booked into jail before seeing a judge and released.
The first real court appearance in a disorderly conduct case is called an arraignment. The arraignment is where the judge would read the charges being brought against the person as well as inform the defendant of the maximum and minimum possible consequences of the crime could be. The arraignment is also the time where a defendant would plead guilty or not-guilty to the disorderly conduct charges. Our Chandler disorderly conduct attorneys strongly recommend that a defendant plead not-guilty at their arraignment.
After a person has pled not-guilty at their arraignment, the court will give them a new court date. This court date is called a pre-trial conference and is the first time they will have an opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor. The prosecutor’s job is to prosecute the case as well as they can, we recommend reaching out to a local attorney to help guide you through the challenging and confusing time. Typically, an attorney would have the meetings with the prosecutor on behalf of the defendant.
Typically, cases are resolved during the pre-trial stage, but if no resolution is reached then the case would proceed to trial. Disorderly conduct is a charge eligible for a jury-trial which means there would be a jury of the defendant’s peers hearing the case and determining the person’s guilt or innocence. Trials are often long and complicated, so it is important to have experienced legal counsel represent you throughout the trial process.
A conviction of a disorderly conduct charge could result in six months to a year in prison and high fines. If you are facing a disorderly conduct charge, call in to our firm today to schedule a complimentary strategy session today. Our Chandler disorderly conduct lawyers are here to help you. We look forward to hearing from you.