Behavior that could be considered disruptive or threatening to public safety is considered a Public Safety Violation. Disturbing the peace, also known as breach of the peace, is a criminal offense that occurs when a person engages in some form of disorderly conduct. Examples could be fighting or threatening to fight in public, or causing excessively loud noise, by shouting, playing loud music during the night, or even allowing a dog to bark excessively in a residential area. When a person’s words or conduct jeopardizes others right to peace and tranquility, he or she may be charged with disturbing the peace.
One of the requirements to charge one with a public safety violation would be that the person’s conduct must have been on purpose (willful) or with bad intent (malicious). If fighting was involved, it must have been unlawful, and not in self-defense or to defend someone else.
Disturbing the peace is a misdemeanor criminal offense. A person charged with disturbing the peace may face jail time of up to 90 days, fines up to $400, or both.
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