“Disturbing the Peace” is a crime in Massachusetts. It is defined as conduct which most people would find to be unreasonably disruptive, such as making loud or disturbing noise, fighting, provoking violence, tumultuous or offensive conduct.
This can happen when other people become annoyed or disturbed based on a scene a person might be making. Even though nobody is physically hurt from it, your actions still might amount to a crime.
If you are charged with Disturbing the Peace, you do not have to fight the charges alone. Attorney David Ellison is an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer who has represented many people on charges of Disturbing the Peace. Do not hesitate to contact him today at 401-230-5520.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE IN MASSACHUSETTS?
Potential punishments for Disturbing the Peace are provided by M.G.L. c. 272 section 53 which include:
- Fine up to $150 (first offense)
- Jail sentence for not more than 6 months and/or a fine of up to $200 (second offense)
- Potential criminal conviction
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE?
To prove you guilty of this offense, the prosecution must prove three things beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That you engaged in conduct which most people would find to be unreasonably disruptive, such as (making loud and disturbing noise) (tumultuous or offensive conduct) (hurling objects in a populated area) (threatening, quarreling, fighting, or challenging others to fight) (uttering personal insults that amount to fighting words, that is, are so offensive that they are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction);
- That your actions were done intentionally, and not by accident or mistake;
- That you did in fact annoy or disturb at least one person.
To amount to disturbing the peace, your actions must have been voluntary, unnecessary, and contrary to normal standards of conduct.
If you are charged with Disturbing the Peace, contact Massachusetts Disturbing the Peace Lawyer, David Ellison, at (401) 230-5520 about your case.