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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Okoumou is facing several federal misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interfering with government functions. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Woman Climbs Statue of Liberty to Protest Family Separations, Island Shut Down," 5 July 2018 She is expected to be charged with national park regulations or public use limit; trespassing; disorderly conduct, and interfering with government functions. Essence.com, "Here Is Everything We Know About The Badass Black Woman Who Climbed The Statue Of Liberty," 5 July 2018 Okoumou is expected in court on Thursday, and could face charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and violating National Park rules. Emma Stefansky, The Hive, "What Will Happen to the Woman Who Climbed the Statue of Liberty to Protest ICE?," 5 July 2018 Under the bill, people who were convicted of summary offenses, like low-level retail theft, harassment, disorderly conduct, or some misdemeanors can have their records sealed after 10 years of crime-free living. Gillian Mcgoldrick, Philly.com, "Long-awaited 'clean slate' bill moves to Gov. Wolf," 22 June 2018 Jones was arrested and charged with assault, threats and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Scottsdale police report details origin of divorce that apparently led to murders," 6 June 2018 The next-highest percentage increases were of people accused of public order crimes, disorderly conduct, failure to appear in court and licensing violations. Sean Collins Walsh, ajc, "Deportations of traffic offenders skyrocketed under Trump, study says," 28 Apr. 2018 Strasser, according to court records, has a long criminal history that includes accusations of resisting arrest, robbery, kidnapping, assault, contempt of court, disorderly conduct, failing to appear in court and criminal trespassing. Noelle Crombie, OregonLive.com, "Deputy's alleged beating of defendant in court prompts investigation," 18 Apr. 2018 He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel. Katharine Q. Seelye And Jess Bidgood, New York Times, "Video Shows Police Tackling and Punching Black Harvard Student," 16 Apr. 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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