Is A Disorderly Persons Offense A Crime In New Jersey?

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The short answer is “yes.” Disorderly persons offenses fall under the 2C Code of Criminal Justice and a conviction would appear on your background check.

Offenses in New Jersey that are considered felonies in other states are referred to as “indictable offenses” or “crimes.” However, offenses that are considered misdemeanors in other states are referred to as “disorderly persons” offenses in New Jersey.

Do not make the mistake pleading guilty to a disorderly persons offense with the assumption that it is just a monetary fine. It will show up on your criminal background check and could affect future employment.

Don’t plead guilty without talking to a lawyer first.