Breach of Peace Crimes
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Breaches of peace, creating a public disturbance, and disorderly conduct
are all criminal violations involving creating so much noise or such a
ruckus that it becomes illegal to do so. In most cases, the intent of
the suspect is key, as it is hard to prosecute someone who did not intentionally
disturb the peace. If you have been charged with breach of peace –
which could also be listed as creating a public disturbance or disorderly
conduct on your charges – you can come to Tomeo Sills, LLC for fast-thinking,
quick-acting representation from our Connecticut criminal defense lawyers.
When you work with our team, we will try to establish that you did not:
- Intentionally create a public disturbance
- Act in a way that actually breached the peace
- Spur or engage in a fight or conflict
- Cause a loud noise for an extended period of time
You can begin with a
free consultation to tell us the key details of your breach of peace arrest and charges.
Using our 40+ years of collective legal experience, we may be able to
start crafting a defensive case then and there. Just call
contact us online to begin.
Intent & Duration of Alleged Public Disturbance
Someone without the criminal intent to actually breach peace should not
be convicted of the misdemeanor criminal offense of disorderly conduct,
which could bring about
steep fines, and
community service. In Connecticut, most breach of peace cases need to involve a specific
or clear occurrence of something that would obviously create a disturbance
to a reasonable person or crowd.
Some examples of what might actually constitute a breach of peace:
- Shouting words that could cause a riot, like “fire” while in
a crowded theater.
- Bullying someone to the point of reacting with violence.
- Banging on hotel doors late at night or early in the morning without valid reason.
- Creating a public assembly without getting proper government permission.
- Letting your dog or loud animal create a ruckus for an extended period of time.
- Turning up music at a party until it reaches an unreasonably loud volume.
In addition to the intent of the suspect playing a critical factor in breach
of peace cases, the duration of the alleged disturbance must also be closely
scrutinized and investigated. Most states actually permit people to create
a loud ruckus for a short amount of time at any hour of the day without
criminal consequence. The louder the noise, the briefer the duration it
is permitted. Decibel recordings may be needed by the prosecution, which
is something our Connecticut criminal defense attorneys can challenge
in and out of court.
Police are also expected, but not duty-bound, to give a warning to anyone
accused of breaching the peace. If you do not get warned that you are
making a disturbance, then we may be able to argue that your arrest was
unjust. Since the idea of “disturbing the peace” is often
subjective, you could have feasibly and easily not known you were upsetting
someone nearby with your actions.
Decades of Legal Experience Protecting Your Rights
People convicted of a breach of peace, creating a public disturbance, or
disorderly conduct are often blindsided by the penalties used against
them. For what may seem like a fairly innocuous violation, people have
been slammed with high level misdemeanors, which puts them behind bars
for a full year. In rarer situations, a breach of peace could constitute
a felony if it causes widespread panic or serious damages.
Do not take a chance with your future when you are up against the law.
Contact Tomeo Sills, LLC and get our breach of peace attorneys in Connecticut
on your side right away. We have
six office locations throughout the state, making it simple for you to get a
free case evaluation on your calendar.