Old Bridge Fight Leads to One Arrest for Disorderly Conduct
The fight occurred after a boys’ basketball game between Old Bridge and Monroe at Old Bridge High School last Thursday. Police responded to the scene after approximately 50 people began fighting at around 8:15 p.m. Those involved were said to have been throwing snowballs, among other things.
One man, 25-year-old Old Bridge resident Oluwafei M. Adeleye, was charged with disorderly conduct, after authorities discovered an outstanding warrant for his arrest in connection with an unpaid traffic ticket. Adeleye said he was attempting to stop the fight prior to his arrest. He is a local youth basketball coach.
Now, he is facing criminal charges for disorderly conduct in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2. A person can be charged with disorderly conduct for a number of reasons in New Jersey. For example, it is considered disorderly conduct if a person engages in fighting, threatening, violent, or tumultuous behavior. Disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense, with penalties including a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Notably, no one was charged with simple assault in connection with this incident even though people were reportedly fighting. Simple assault is a different offense than disorderly conduct in New Jersey, although the types of behavior resulting in these charges often overlap. Under the NJ simple assault statute, 2C:12-1, a person can be charged with simple assault for attempting to injure someone else or placing another person in fear of serious bodily injury. If simple assault occurs in a mutual fight or scuffle, it is also classified as a petty disorderly persons offense in New Jersey.
Disorderly Conduct & Simple Assault Charges in Old Bridge, New Jersey
If you have a disorderly conduct or simple assault case in New Jersey and found guilty, you will be left with a conviction on your criminal record. This can present a serious problem when pursuing opportunities that require a criminal background check. At the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver, our criminal defense attorneys always seek the best possible outcome for our clients. For instance, we may be able to have the charge downgraded to a municipal ordinance, which is not technically a criminal offense in New Jersey. To discuss your specific assault case in Old Bridge and find out how we can help, contact our offices today at (732) 659-9600. Consultations are always provided free of charge.