Disorderly Persons Offenses

Understanding Disorderly Persons' Offenses

Disorderly persons' offenses are considered non-indictable, quasi-criminal cases and handled by the state municipal courts in the New Jersey criminal justice system. If you or someone you know is accused of a disorderly persons' offense, you may be tempted to plead your own case. However, these offenses can have significant, real-life consequences, so the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential.

Attorney Steven J. Feldman has represented clients in New Jersey state municipal courts since 1975, particularly the courts serving Atlantic City and the surrounding counties. As a certified criminal defense attorney, he provides the honest, thorough and dedicated criminal defense you need to protect your rights and future.

Criminal Conviction Can Impact More Than Your Wallet or Your Freedom

Conviction of a disorderly persons' offense could have varying criminal penalties depending on the nature of the offense, up to and including fines and time spent in the county jail. Furthermore, the conviction will stay on your public record for five years.

Many employers - especially those hiring in highly competitive job markets - perform background checks on prospective applicants, and having a conviction could significantly limit your employment opportunities in the future. A conviction could also limit future employment or educational opportunities for prospective college and university students.

Mr. Feldman has extensive knowledge of the laws and penalties governing disorderly persons' offenses. He will explore all your options to protect your rights and future opportunities. His experience includes defending those accused of:

  • Minor assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Underage gambling
  • Trespassing
  • Shoplifting/petty theft
  • Theft of goods valued under $200
  • Possession of marijuana under 50 grams
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Harassment
  • Loitering

Contact an Experienced Pleasantville Disorderly Persons' Offense Lawyer

If you, your college-age student or someone you know has been arrested for a disorderly persons' offense, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and future. You can reach Mr. Feldman by phone at 609-272-8989, by cell phone at 866-425-7947 or by e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation.