I represented a client this morning in Hoboken Municipal Court charged with disorderly conduct in violation of N.J.S. 2C:33-3 and urinating in public. I was able to negotiate a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor that allowed my client to avoid any permanent criminal charge on his record and merely pay a fine.

I also saw signs for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for March 5, 2011. I have represented several clients over the past few years who were issued summonses for violation of a local city ordinance for disorderly conduct on St. Patrick’s Day. This is not a criminal violation but leads to a harsh punishment as the fine has been raised from maximum $1,000.00 a few years ago to a $2,000.00 fine currently. That is an extremely steep price to pay. Community service is also included in the penalties. This violation can be related to having an open container of alcohol in public, making too much noise, or failure to obey the directions of a law enforcement officer.

If you or a loved one is charged with a violation of this ordinance, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help. The State may not be able to prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt. Contact my office anytime for immediate assistance at (973)971-0030.