Most states use the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor” to describe the severity of a crime, however the state of New Jersey uses a unique classification system. In New Jersey, a crime that would normally be considered a felony is known as an indictable crime. A crime that is a misdemeanor in other states is referred to as a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey.
Disorderly persons offenses are not as serious as indictable crimes, but they can still result in significant penalties so they should not be taken lightly. If you are accused of committing a disorderly persons offense, it’s important to understand what this means and how a conviction could affect your life.
Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses vs. Disorderly Persons Offenses
Lesser offenses are classified as disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey. This group of crimes is further broken down into disorderly persons offenses and petty disorderly persons offenses. A petty disorderly offense is the least serious type of offense in New Jersey. Some examples of a petty disorderly offense include:
- Disorderly conduct
Disorderly persons offenses are more serious than petty disorderly person offenses, but less serious than indictable crimes. Examples of disorderly persons offenses include:
- Simple assault
- Possession of fewer than 50 grams of marijuana
- Resisting arrest
- Criminal mischief
If you are accused of any of these crimes, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation from experienced attorney Steven Hernandez.
What Are the Penalties Of A Disorderly Persons Offense Conviction?
A disorderly person offense is considered a lesser offense in the eyes of the law, but they still carry severe legal penalties.
If you are convicted of a petty disorderly offense, the possible penalties include:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- Fines up to $500
Defendants who are convicted of disorderly person offenses face enhanced penalties, including:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines up to $1,000
Being convicted of a petty disorderly person offense or disorderly person offense can affect your future as well. A Disorderly Persons or Petty Disorderly Persons will cause you to have a criminal record. Having a conviction on your record can impact your ability to find employment or housing in the future. A conviction can also lead to immigration issues for non-U.S. citizens.
Schedule A Free Consultation Regarding Your Disorderly Persons Offense Case
Have you been accused of committing a disorderly person offense? If so, it’s important to act quickly to protect your rights. Seek legal representation from experienced criminal defense attorney Steven Hernandez as soon as possible after an arrest. Steven Hernandez has helped hundreds of clients beat their criminal charges. Let him fight for your freedom. To schedule a free consultation, call 732-286-2700 or submit your information using the form on this website.