Disturbing the Peace

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 “wobbler,” 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 (summary probation).  An infraction is punishable by only a fine. A misdemeanor conviction of Disturbing the Peace as an infraction is not considered a crime.

At DCS Defense, 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 an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner. Call us for a no-charge consultation to learn about your rights, defenses, and any and all legal options.

For aggressive and effective representation against disturbing the peace charges, including a free confidential consultation, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Damian Siwek at DCS Defense.