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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Reyes was arrested that night and charged with disorderly conduct/domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Matthew Martinez, sacbee, "Security cams catch cops beating man unconscious in Arizona. Four are placed on leave," 6 June 2018 Johnny Lee Wainwright, 37, of the 2600 block of Thorny Drive, was charged Tuesday with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, trespassing, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and vandalism less than $1,000. The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 25 May 2018 Both were charged with disorderly conduct/fighting. Aggravated robbery, North Park Boulevard: At 3:40 a.m. April 15, police were dispatched to a Shaker Heights residence to speak with a robbery victim. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man shot in barber shop lot: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 That opened up a deeper investigation from the time prior to March 25 back to when Fossum was being held in the Waukesha County Jail on Feb. 14 for bail jumping on the earlier charge of disorderly conduct/domestic violence and battery. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jail phone calls and bar visit result in 10 counts of bail jumping for New Berlin man," 29 Mar. 2018 Norridge Battery •Two boys were charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass March 10 after police were dispatched to the Harlem Irving Plaza. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge police reports," 16 Mar. 2018 Round Lake Police Chief Michael Gillette said the 15-year-old from Round Lake Beach was charged with disorderly conduct and was being held at the Depke Juvenile Justice Center in Vernon Hills. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Round Lake High student arrested after sending video of himself loading Airsoft rifle, district says," 20 Feb. 2018 Henry County Solicitor General Pam Bettis on Thursday charged Marrow with misdemeanor obstruction of officers, reckless driving and aggressive driving and a county ordinance violation of disorderly conduct. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Lawyers: Officials conspired to hide info about arrest," 27 Aug. 2018 Now 57-year-old Anne Marie Messiano faces charges of disorderly conduct, criminal obstruction of breathing and aggravated harassment, according to the station. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "'Go back to your own f****** country,' woman screams at passenger on NY bus, video shows," 6 July 2018

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1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disorderly conduct was in 1786

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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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