Disturbing the Peace in Los Angeles, CA

Facing Disturbing the Peace Charges?

Disturbing the Peace is the crime of disorderly conduct that occurs when a person engages in annoying and unreasonable noise, uses offensive language, or engages in fighting. California Penal Code section 415 makes the following unlawful:

  • Fighting: It is a crime for a person to challenge another person to fight in public. Penal Code 415(1).
  • Loud Noise: It is a crime for a person to maliciously and willfully disturb another person by loud and unreasonable noise. Penal Code 415(2).
  • Offensive Words: It is a crime for a person to use offensive or fighting words which are likely to provoke an immediate violent response in another person. Penal Code 415(3).

Disturbing the peace in California is a "wobblette," meaning that prosecutors can charge disturbing the peace as a misdemeanor or an infraction. As a misdemeanor, the maximum sentence is 90 days of county jail, a fine, and up to three years of informal probation. An infraction is punishable by only a fine. A misdemeanor conviction of disturbing the peace as an infraction is not considered a crime.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

We are experienced Los Angeles Criminal Attorneys and we will put our experience to work for you and fight your Disturbing of the Peace charges. Although a Disturbing the Peace conviction does not come with any substantial jail time, the conviction will nevertheless remain a part of your permanent criminal record.

You do not have to be a seasoned criminal to be charged with a Disturbing of the Peace charge in Los Angeles. In fact, many people facing this type of charge are regular law-abiding folks with no criminal record, who have the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The simple truth is - keep your record clean. A charge like this may be reduced to an infraction or dismissed entirely, especially if you have experienced criminal defense attorneys in your corner. Call us for a no-charge consultation to learn about your rights, defenses, and any and all your legal options.

Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at the firm for steps you can take to avoid a disturbing the peace conviction.