Disturbing the Peace in Los Angeles, CA
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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
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.
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We are experienced Los Angeles criminal attorneys and we will put our experience
to work for you to 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
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.
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