breach of the peace

noun phrase

: a charge of making a lot of noise or behaving violently in public : disorderly conduct
He was fined for committing a breach of the peace.

Examples of breach of the peace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That same month, a New London court sentenced Tate to three months for disorderly conduct, six months for second-degree breach of the peace and another six months for second-degree threatening. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 22 Aug. 2023 Kitna's five felony charges were later dropped in July as part of a plea agreement, in which the athlete pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of breach of the peace, according to ESPN. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2023

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“Breach of the peace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition

breach of the peace

: a disturbance of public peace or order
insulting language causing a breach of the peace
see also fighting words
: the offense of causing a breach of the peace compare disorderly conduct
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