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Disorderly Conduct

In Massachusetts, under M.G.L. c. 272, § 53, a person can be convicted of disorderly conduct if the Commonwealth succeeds in proving three things beyond a reasonable doubt. First, the Commonwealth must prove that the defendant involved himself or herself in at least one of the following actions: he or she either engaged in fighting or threatening, or engaged in violent or tumultuous behavior or created a hazardous or physically offensive condition by an act that served no legitimate purpose of the defendant’s; Second, the Commonwealth must prove that the defendant’s actions were reasonably likely to affect the public; and Third, the Commonwealth must prove that the defendant either intended to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. However, if a person has LEGITIMATE reasons for his or her actions, they are not guilty of disorderly conduct.

The first conviction for Disorderly Conduct carries the following potential penalties:

  • fine of not more than $150

A subsequent conviction for this offense carries the following potential penalties:

  • imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months
  • fine of not more than $200
  • both fine and imprisonment

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct, contact our office immediately:

(617) 830-2188

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