disorderly conduct


Definition of disorderly conduct

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

Examples of disorderly conduct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the man was drunk, the officer cited him for disorderly conduct. John Benson, cleveland, "Drunk resident cited for disorderly conduct after out-of-control bonfire: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 14 Oct. 2020 Twelve people were arrested, eight of whom received summonses for disorderly conduct, police said. NBC News, "NYPD officers charge at group of protesters and diners, arresting people on sidewalk," 27 Sep. 2020 Eight of those arrested received summonses for disorderly conduct, Moroney said. Ganesh Setty And Holly Yan, CNN, "New York City protest demanding justice for Breonna Taylor ends with 12 arrests," 27 Sep. 2020 Weeden said most of his clients were able to bond out of jail quickly after being arrested for disorderly conduct. Desiree Stennett, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida protest laws would be harshest in nation under DeSantis proposal," 23 Sep. 2020 Three youths were cited under village ordinance for disorderly conduct, according to police Chief Joe Mitchell. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Hearing set on Orland Park’s move to revoke Sky Zone’s business license after recent disturbance," 22 Sep. 2020 The two neighbors, a 48-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, were cited for disorderly conduct. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Sept. 20," 19 Sep. 2020 Police arrested 44 people, primarily for disorderly conduct, blocking traffic and disobeying a lawful order from police. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit protesters file lawsuit over 'brutal violence' from police," 31 Aug. 2020 Taylor, 35, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct and taken to the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A stranger saved a woman from a man who was chasing and threatening her while she walked her dog, Cudahy police say," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of disorderly conduct

1786, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2020

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“Disorderly conduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorderly%20conduct. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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