Disturbing the Peace

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272, Section 53, which criminalizes conduct that is unreasonably disruptive and annoys or disturbs the public, is punishable by imprisonment for up to 6 months in the House of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $200.

In order to be convicted of the crime of Disturbing the Peace, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
  1. That the defendant engaged in conduct which most people would find to be unreasonably disruptive (such as making loud or disturbing noise; tumultuous or offensive conduct; threatening conduct; or conduct that is so offensive that is inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction);
  2. That the defendant's actions were done intentional, and not by accident or mistake; and
  3. That the defendant did in fact annoy or disturb at least one person.
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