Less Serious Crimes
Known As Disorderly Persons Offense
Although you’ll not be facing the jail time or heavy fines that a Felony Offense (known as Crimes in NJ) has, a Disorderly Persons Offense can land you in jail and have a criminal record following you around for years.
Disorderly Persons Offense Penalties
Disorderly Persons offenses in NJ carry potential criminal penalties as follows:
- Prison or jail; up to 6 months for a disorderly persons offense, or 30 days for a petty disorderly persons offense
- Fines of up to $1000 for a disorderly persons offense, or $500 for a petty disorderly persons offense.
- community service
- drivers license suspension
Some common examples of disorderly persons charges, or (petty crimes as they are sometimes called) are shoplifting or theft under $200 in value, possession of drugs in very small quantities and gambling.
Town Ordinance Offense Penalties
Local town ordinance offenses are varied, and specific to each town or municipality. They are generally lesser offenses than petty disorderly persons offense charges.
Again, even if you, or a family member has been charged with Disorderly Persons Offense (Misdemeanor), do not believe it’s “nothing to worry about”.
There are far-reaching consequences if you are convicted. Call us at (888) 628-8394 and speak to an attorney that knows exactly what you face… and what to do about it.