A disorderly conduct charge in New Hampshire can lead to a great deal of disorder in your life. It can affect your reputation, livelihood, and family in any number of ways. Regardless of why the charge has come about or the severity of the situation, you need to know your rights and have a lawyer in your corner who will fight for those rights. The criminal defense attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. in Manchester NH know the impact of a disorderly conduct charge and also know how to best navigate a case to ensure the best possible results. Before you accept the consequences of any charge of disorderly conduct, let us see what kind of defense options we may be able to provide for you.
Types of Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct can encompass a wide range of incidents or behaviors that fall under New Hampshire laws called ‘Breaches of the Peace’. The most common behavior that leads to a disorderly conduct charge is fighting or other public and violent behavior. Disorderly conduct also includes shouting obscenities and offensive words that can lead to a violent reaction in public. Obstructing traffic, walkways, or entrances to buildings also falls under disorderly conduct. Interfering with police action or emergency personnel and their ability to render aid, refusing a police order to move or disperse, and making unreasonable noises in public can also lead to a disorderly conduct charge. Being involved in a riot or disrupting a lawful assembly also constitutes disorderly conduct under New Hampshire law. Refusing to comply with a peace officer’s orders can be charged as disorderly conduct. Unauthorized persons entering an area closed off by a peace officer can be charged with disorderly conduct. As you can see, there are a broad range of actions that can fall under breaches of the peace, or disorderly conduct.
Because the range of behaviors and actions that can lead to a disorderly conduct charge can vary so much, so can the criminal penalties. A basic criminal conviction of disorderly conduct can result in a fine up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. Disorderly conduct can be charged as a misdemeanor offense if the action continues after a request from any person to desist, otherwise it is a violation level offense in New Hampshire.
Any criminal charge can have a negative impact on your life. A disorderly conduct conviction can interfere with future job and education opportunities. A skilled, compassionate and dedicated legal representative can work to minimize the impact and possibly get the charges dismissed altogether. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our attorneys take the time to investigate the situation and will fight to preserve your reputation and criminal record. We can help clients move forward and put a disorderly conduct charge behind them. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct in NH, contact us to discuss the full details of your case and see what we may be able to do to help. Our NH criminal lawyers have more than twenty years of criminal defense experience defending our clients’ rights against a wide variety of criminal charges including disorderly conduct.
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