Disturbance of the Peace


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Disturbance of the Peace

An offense constituting a malicious and willful intrusion upon the peace and quiet of a community or neighborhood.

The crime is usually committed by an offensive or tumultuous act, such as the making of loud or unusual noises, or quarreling in public.The term is similar in meaning to breach of the peace, however, the latter is generally a broader term, encompassing all violations of public peace and order. It can also be a form of Disorderly Conduct and is similarly punishable upon conviction by a fine, imprisonment, or both.

disturbance of the peace

n. upsetting the quiet and good order particularly through loud noise, by fighting or other unsocial behavior which frightens or upsets people. It is a misdemeanor, punishable by fine or brief term in jail.

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Kevin Edson, 25, a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital in April after being charged with multiple counts, including possession of a hoax device, threatening to commit a crime and disturbance of the peace.
The union warned it would not "tolerate the imposition of unilateral adjustments", which would "inevitably" lead to a disturbance of the peace in key sectors of the public sector, "which in the current climate would prove highly detrimental and destructive".
I pay my rates in full and part-payments go to the Police and Crime Commissioner, but of course it's not their job to deal with noise pollution even though it is a disturbance of the peace and in my understanding that is classified as a crime.
In "Augustine on War and Peace," Synan emphasizes how Augustine's thinking about just and unjust war was tempered by his own lived experience: the Donatist's disturbance of the peace included murdering and maiming his priests
Cabral added that: "The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises and the obligation of host governments, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage and prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity " The council members called Syria to take all necessary measures to protect diplomatic missions and their members //Petra// SF//R Q// 16/11/2011 - 11:22:58 AM
Falling in line with the government view, the Malaysian media proceeded to denounce the protesters for disturbance of the peace and creation of distrust.
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But the German man had been feuding with his neighbours for months, and as he emerged through the hole, he was met by police who are now considering charging him with disturbance of the peace.