Disturbing the Peace – Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan

Disturbing the Peace – Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan

Disturbing the Peace Explained

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Disturbing the Peace or Disorderly Conduct can be charged on its own or in conjunction with other felony or misdemeanor cases.  The possible factual situations that could result in this type of charge are varied.  Even though this charge may not be a theft offense or weapons charge, it is serious and can result in jail and probation for as long as two years with extensive terms, conditions and financial obligations.  A good criminal defense lawyer can often make the difference between a conviction and a dismissal.

The state law regarding disturbing the peace is MCL 750.170 and says, “disturbance of lawful meetings—Any person who shall make or excite any disturbance or contention in any tavern, store or grocery, manufacturing establishment or any other business place or in any street, lane, alley, highway, public building, grounds or park, or at any election or other public meeting where citizens are peaceably and lawfully assembled, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.” Almost every community has a local ordinance that states what disturbing the peace is too. It is unusual to be charged as having disturbed the peace under state law, it is more common that the local governments would bring these charges. The punishment is a misdemeanor conviction – which could mean jail, probation, fines and costs, drug and alcohol testing and many other possible penalties.  As you can see from the statute, it is very easy to be considered as have disturbed the peace. Examples could be playing your radio to loudly, a zealously barking dog and even bad smells coming from your home.

Disturbing the peace is an easy offense to commit and be charged with. Therefore, it is important that you have the best criminal defense attorneys in Michigan represent you. You do not want to risk a criminal record because your dog barked to much or you were playing your radio to loudly. Those are minor situations to result in being saddled with a criminal record.

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