disorderly conduct


Definition of disorderly conduct

: a petty offense chiefly against public order and decency that falls short of an indictable misdemeanor

Examples of disorderly conduct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in exchange for the dismissal of the felony charges, the report says. Dan Frosch, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 Police gave the man a courtesy ride from the home and cited both parties with disorderly conduct for making unnecessary noise. cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 The friends pleaded guilty in July to disorderly conduct inside the Capitol. Hannah Rabinowitz And Olanma Mang, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 The man had no affiliation with the university and was booked into jail on suspicion of assault, trespass and disorderly conduct, according to ASU police. Caroleina Hassett, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 Waldrop, 37, was arrested on charges of third-degree assault, trespassing on a school bus and disorderly conduct, jail records show. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 16 Sep. 2021 Singer was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in October 2018 and accused of disturbing and alarming the parents of a 15-year-old Harvest Church parishioner. Megan Jones, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Toller was charged with assault on a public servant, a felony, which was reduced to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Sep. 2021 Reckless endangering and disorderly conduct are misdemeanors and unlawful discharge of a firearm is a city ordinance violation. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of disorderly conduct

1786, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2021

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“Disorderly conduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorderly%20conduct. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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Legal Definition of disorderly conduct

: conduct that is likely to lead to a disturbance of the public peace or that offends public decency also : the petty offense of engaging in disorderly conduct — compare breach of the peace

Note: The term disorderly conduct is used in statutes to identify various acts against the public peace. It has been held to include the use of obscene language in public, the blocking of public ways, and the making of threats. A statute must identify acts that constitute disorderly conduct with sufficient clarity in order to avoid being held unconstitutional because of vagueness.

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