Disturbing the peace is a crime in Massachusetts. It is a misdemeanor. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Chapter 53 defines it. The penalty is a fine. Also, there is a possible conviction on a criminal record.
What is Disturbing the Peace?
There are three elements to disturbing the peace. First, the person acted in an unreasonably disruptive way. Second, the defendant acted intentionally. Finally, that one person was annoyed or disturbed.
Making loud noises is an example of acting in an unreasonably disruptive way. Also, throwing objects into a crowded area, fighting, or asking others to fight are other examples.
Using offensive language on its own is not a violation. However, if the language is not protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution it is a violation. Slander and fighting words are two examples of language that is not protected under the First Amendment
Massachusetts Criminal Attorney
There are many legal defenses to disturbing the peace charges. A Massachusetts criminal lawyer can help develop the best defense.
Massachusetts criminal attorney Patrick Donovan is a former Assistant District Attorney. Attorney Donovan has successfully helped many people fight their criminal charges.
Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal lawyer who uses his experience as a prosecutor to fight for the best possible results. Attorney Donovan has appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts. Call today for a free no-obligation consultation.