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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His criminal history includes theft, shoplifting, marijuana violation, disorderly conduct, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault of a correctional employee, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records. P. Kim Bui, azcentral, "Elijah Al-Amin remembered as giving, with big dreams for his future," 9 July 2019 Christopher Martin, 44, of Manchester is facing multiple charges, including criminal threatening, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, Manchester police said in a statement. Breanne Kovatch, BostonGlobe.com, "Man allegedly holding sword is tasered twice by Manchester, N.H., police responding to noise complaint," 26 June 2019 Meanwhile, Part II crimes (simple assaults, disorderly conduct, alcohol and drug offenses) which had grown to as many as 1,094 in 2016, numbered only 706 in 2018. cleveland.com, "Serious crime decreases by 32 percent in University Heights," 14 June 2019 Churchville Jason David McVicker, 38, of the 2600 block of Thorny Drive, was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and trespassing. The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 25 May 2018 Montrell Baylock, 35, of the 10000 block of Holly Lane, unincorporated Maine Township, was charged with disorderly conduct on June 18 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 W. Dempster St., police said. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge police: Man arrested for causing disturbance in hospital waiting room," 27 June 2019 McDowell was also arrested for disorderly conduct in 2017 at an Atlanta nightclub while on the Seahawks' injury list. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Malik McDowell faces charges for assaulting police, hiding stolen truck," 27 June 2019 Smollet had initially been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct that included, according to police, Smollett paying two brothers to fake an attack on him in order to get publicity. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Special Prosecutor To Investigate Handling Of Jussie Smollett Case," 22 June 2019 Five men have been cited by police for disorderly conductTwo people involved in the melee are employees of the Denver Public Works Department and have been suspended as the police investigation continues, KUSA reported. NBC News, "13-year-old umpire says adult brawl at kids' baseball game sparked by his warning to behave," 21 June 2019

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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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disorderly conduct

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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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