In Massachusetts, disturbing the peace is a criminal offense subject to criminal penalties. While the police may charge someone with disturbing the police for a number of reasons, the most common situation involves parties and loud behavior in public. While disturbing the peace may seem like a minor offense, being charged with this crime will result in a criminal record in addition to additional fines and conditions. In you have been charged with a subsequent offense, the penalties increase to a potential jail sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of not more than $200.

While jail time may be unlikely, being charged with a criminal offense may cause you to lose your job, face discipline from a college or university, and may hinder future employment opportunities. With so much riding on getting a favorable result in your case, it is often in your best interests to speak with an experienced Boston Disturbing the Peace Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your situation.

Disturbing the Peace Laws in Massachusetts

The crime of disturbing the peace is governed by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 272 Section 53. Under this law, the prosecuting assistant district attorney must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The accused engaged in conduct which most people would find to be unreasonably disruptive;
  2. That the defendant’s actions were done intentionally; and
  3. That the defendant did in fact annoy or disturb at least one person.

If convicted of disturbing the peace, the punishment for a first offense is a fine of not more than $150. If you are convicted for a second or subsequent offense, you may be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of not more than $200, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Yet as previously mentioned, simply being charged with disturbing the peace will result in the charge being listed on your criminal record until you take action to seal your criminal case.

Boston Disturbing the Peace Criminal Defense Lawyer


At our firm, we understand that being charged with a criminal offense in Massachusetts can be a very stressful and difficult time for our clients. We will closely investigate the circumstances surrounding your criminal charge and will gather any and all pieces of evidence being offered against you. Your attorney will be by your side throughout the entire criminal process. We pride ourselves on providing top quality legal advice to clients facing disturbing the peace charges in courthouses throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

If you or a loved one has been charged with disturbing the peace in Massachusetts, Contact Our Office to speak with an experienced Cambridge, MA Criminal Defense Lawyer regarding your case. All communications are held in the strictest of confidence. You may contact us 24 hours a day 7 days a week to schedule your free of charge initial consultation.

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