disorderly conduct | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Disorderly conduct is a crime that involves behavior that is disruptive, disruptive, or dangerous to public peace and order.

Disorderly conduct offenses are often referred to as “catch-all” crimes because they can encompass a wide range of behaviors that do not fit neatly into other criminal categories. Examples of disorderly conduct may include public intoxication, loud or disruptive behavior, fighting, and other types of disruptive or dangerous conduct. The specific elements of the crime of disorderly conduct vary by jurisdiction, and the penalty for a disorderly conduct conviction can range from a fine to imprisonment, depending on the circumstances of the case. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense in most jurisdictions.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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