Criminal Defense

Disorderly Conduct Attorney


For over two decades, our criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of disorderly conduct charges in Arizona. We know that a disorderly conduct charge can have an enormous impact on your life. You deserve an attorney who is focused and aggressive. Our goal? Win your disorderly conduct case.

The Basics

Disorderly conduct allows police to arrest people who disturb the peace and quiet of a neighborhood. This is a very broad standard. Unfortunately, many good people get arrested by police for little more than shouting.

Many disorderly conduct cases involve fighting words. This can include abusive or offensive language.  Encouraging a crowd to say profane things can lead to disorderly conduct arrest. Racial slurs are fighting words.

But others can be charged for disorderly conduct for merely “failing to obey” a police officers order. In many cases, police arrest people for failing to back up fast enough or cross the street to an adjacent sidewalk.

Our firm can help you to navigate through the sometimes confusing details of a disorderly conduct charge. There are many defenses to disorderly conduct that we will examine. Did the arresting officer have the right to stop you, detain you and arrest you? Are their witnesses that contradict the police officer’s report? Is there video evidence that shows that your conduct was reasonable?  All these factors are closely examined when we represent someone for disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor unless it involves the display or discharge of a weapon. It can be charged as a domestic violence offense if the alleged victim is a family member or someone you live with. Because of this, people charged with disorderly conduct can face a very wide range of consequences.

Please keep in mind that the vast majority of people who are charged with disorderly conduct in Arizona do not serve a significant amount of time in jail. If you have any questions about the consequences of your disorderly conduct case, please call us for a free consultation.



  1. A person commits disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, such person:
    1. Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
    2. Makes unreasonable noise; or
    3. Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
    4. Makes any protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession; or
    5. Refuses to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, a hazard or any other emergency; or
    6. Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  2. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 6 is a class 6 felony. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 is a class 1 misdemeanor

Our staff of experienced attorneys, including many former prosecutors who know the other side of these cases, have had a lot of positive results for our clients. They are dedicated to getting you the best result possible, and they will work hard for you.

Felony vs Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

In Arizona, disorderly conduct charges can be categorized into two types: misdemeanor and felony. Felony disorderly conduct cases involve the display or discharge of a weapon. Most felony disorderly conduct cases involve instances of shooting guns in the air. However, the statute allows people to also be charged for waving a gun around. The Maricopa County Attorney’s office has policies regarding weapons cases. In particular, they aggressively prosecute those who have discharged a gun recklessly. If you are charged with this section of disorderly conduct, we advise you to contact our attorneys for a consultation prior to your first court appearance..

For those charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, keep in mind that you usually will be given some time to hire an attorney. The first court appearance is typically an opportunity to enter a plea of not guilty. From there, the disorderly conduct charge is set to a number of pretrial conferences. While you can represent yourself for a disorderly conduct charge, we usually recommend that at a minimum you speak to our criminal defense attorneys before appearing in court for a more significant hearing.

Are You Facing Prison Time?

Most of the people that have been charged with disorderly conduct do not face lengthy prison sentences. Although, even if there is no long prison sentence, a disorderly conduct conviction can have a tremendous long-term impact on the rest of a person’s life. These charges can have domestic violence designations. Felony disorderly conduct charges can result in long probation terms. As a result, it is always best to seek legal help to minimize the consequences.

Please contact one of our criminal defense attorneys to discuss the details of your disorderly conduct case. We offer a free consultation and can answer many of your questions right over the phone. Call us at 602-989-5000.

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