Disorderly Persons Offense in New Jersey

What Sentence Can Be Imposed For A (Misdemeanor) And Petty Disorderly Person’s Offenses?

New Jersey labels misdemeanors as disorderly person’s offenses.  Disorderly person’s offenses are less serious criminal acts and require lesser penalties than a felony.  Disorderly person’s offenses are still considered crimes and will result in a criminal record.  Disorderly person’s offenses are usually heard in New Jersey’s municipal courts in the local town or city in which the offense happened.

The maximum penalty that a municipal court judge can impose for a disorderly person’s offense is a fine up to $1,000 and jail time of up to 1 year in jail.  Also a judge can suspend driving privileges.

In petty disorderly persons cases the maximum fine imposed can be $500 and up to 30 days in jail.

Read more on New Jersey Sentencing Guidelines