disorderly conduct


Definition of disorderly conduct 

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

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The man later charged with battery, resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, NBC News reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Florida doctor has bizarre airport meltdown to 'prove a point' about police use of force: 'If I was a black person, I'd be terrified'," 18 Aug. 2018 If police are called to a property repeatedly for underage drinking, disorderly conduct, loud parties, or other violations, the city issues a warning to the homeowner, Davis said. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Senior Week in Wildwood: A money-making machine that residents love to hate," 20 June 2018 He was charged with driving under the influence, violation of the uniform firearms act, disorderly conduct and related offenses. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Raiders sign ex-Eagles, Panthers DB Daryl Worley after arrest in Philadelphia," 23 Apr. 2018 He was subsequently charged with public drunkenness (which was later dropped) and disorderly conduct. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Shia LaBeouf gives first interview since 'mortifying' 2017 arrest: 'I f---ed up'," 13 Mar. 2018 Park police have recommended charges to the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, with possible charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with government functions. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Woman Arrested on 4th of July After Climbing the Base of the Statue of Liberty in Protest of Migrant Family Separations," 5 July 2018 Mesa police identified the man as 35-year-old Robert Johnson, who was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and hindering after the May 23 incident. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "These 6 body-cam videos have put Mesa police in national spotlight," 15 June 2018 Female, 30, arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, 1500 block Montecito Road. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff's Reports: April 8-15," 17 Apr. 2018 He was initially charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and misdemeanor assault before his charges were upgraded. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Man seen on video berating woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with felony hate crimes," 12 July 2018

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1786, in the meaning defined above

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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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