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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Karl Stengel, 55, homeless, was charged with disorderly conduct at 11:17 a.m. Aug. 28 for urinating on the 100 block of South La Grange Road. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange police blotter: Boy harassed while watching trains," 30 Aug. 2019 Like Manziel, Mayfield was cocky and undersized, and had been arrested for disorderly conduct while in college. Sean Gregory/cleveland, Time, "“It's Time.” The Cleveland Browns Are Ready to Start Winning," 22 Aug. 2019 Twenty-nine percent of the solitary sentences issued last year were for disorderly conduct. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Minnesota prisons lengthen solitary stays; inmates sent to ‘the hole’ more than ever last year," 10 Aug. 2019 One person was arrested for disorderly conduct that day, but that individual did not throw water on police. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "NYPD officers should've arrested the people who doused them with water, officials say," 24 July 2019 Two others were charged with harassment and disorderly conduct at the June 29 protests, and both have court dates set for Aug. 9. oregonlive.com, "Portland man indicted in connection with violent June 29 protest," 9 July 2019 Thirty-one juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct related charges and five adults were arrested, including two relating to guns, in the vicinity of Navy Pier when the incident occurred, Waller said. NBC News, "Warning about possible shooter sparked Navy Pier stampede, Chicago police say," 6 July 2019 In January, four members of the Coalition were cited for disorderly conduct after protesting over the issue at a Housing Opportunities Commission meeting. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Lifting up a community that’s at risk of being forgotten," 5 July 2019 Twelve people in all have been cited for disorderly conduct and will be required to appear in Lakewood Municipal Court, police said in a news release. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Six more people cited for role in Lakewood youth baseball brawl," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of disorderly conduct

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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