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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Additionally, it discusses the host state's "special duty" to protect the premises from "any intrusion or damage" and to "prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.
In the statement, the Council also recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.
Holon Police responded, "The couple was detained for questioning after cursing and yelling at officers who arrived at their apartment due to disturbance of the peace, of which the neighbors had been complaining.
He said the noise isn't loud enough to cause either a nuisance or disturbance of the peace.
Mr Mahmood urged the Home Secretary to look at the conduct of those organising and attending the rallies and to work in conjunction with police to prevent a disturbance of the peace.
It's not so much the intrinsic financial value of what was taken but very much more the disturbance of the peace of the place.
The convention also states that the host country is ''under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the consular premises against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the consular post or impairment of its dignity.
Both J and Ritchie face charges of public disorder, with J also accused of assault and Ritchie with disturbance of the peace.
Adams said Sunday's actions by officers was necessary because a similar event last year generated ``numerous complaints'' from residents about parking violations and disturbance of the peace.
Nevertheless, the Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.