Disorderly Conduct in Maryland
is public disobedience really a crime?
Yes! Sometimes. Regardless of whether you feel like you were legally protesting police or government behavior, these cases are taken very seriously by prosecutors. Call or email today to discuss your case and see if you have a defense!
WHAT's the first step?
If you were arrested or issued a summons for Disorderly Conduct, you want to act quickly to gather evidence and prepare a defense. Call Mr. Cleckner for a free consultation over the telephone or to set up an in-person appointment, and he will answer any questions you have.
NOT SURE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?
A Disorderly Conduct conviction can cause problems with your ability to get a job or otherwise keep a clean criminal record. We'd be happy to discuss your options with you. We handle all facets of criminal and jailable traffic defense, and if we can't answer your questions, we'll do some research or find someone who can answer them.
Disorderly Conduct Law
CRIMINAL LAW TITLE 10. CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH, CONDUCT, AND SENSIBILITIES SUBTITLE 2. DISTURBING THE PEACE, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AND RELATED CRIMES Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 10-201 (2014) § 10-201. Disturbing the public peace and disorderly conduct (a) Definitions. -- (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated. (2) (i) "Public conveyance" means a conveyance to which the public or a portion of the public has access to and a right to use for transportation. (ii) "Public conveyance" includes an airplane, vessel, bus, railway car, school vehicle, and subway car. (3) (i) "Public place" means a place to which the public or a portion of the public has access and a right to resort for business, dwelling, entertainment, or other lawful purpose. (ii) "Public place" includes: 1. a restaurant, shop, shopping center, store, tavern, or other place of business; 2. a public building; 3. a public parking lot; 4. a public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way; 5. a public park or other public grounds; 6. the common areas of a building containing four or more separate dwelling units, including a corridor, elevator, lobby, and stairwell; 7. a hotel or motel; 8. a place used for public resort or amusement, including an amusement park, golf course, race track, sports arena, swimming pool, and theater; 9. an institution of elementary, secondary, or higher education; 10. a place of public worship; 11. a place or building used for entering or exiting a public conveyance, including an airport terminal, bus station, dock, railway station, subway station, and wharf; and 12. the parking areas, sidewalks, and other grounds and structures that are part of a public place. (b) Construction of section. -- For purposes of a prosecution under this section, a public conveyance or a public place need not be devoted solely to public use. (c) Prohibited. -- (1) A person may not willfully and without lawful purpose obstruct or hinder the free passage of another in a public place or on a public conveyance. (2) A person may not willfully act in a disorderly manner that disturbs the public peace. (3) A person may not willfully fail to obey a reasonable and lawful order that a law enforcement officer makes to prevent a disturbance to the public peace. (4) A person who enters the land or premises of another, whether an owner or lessee, or a beach adjacent to residential riparian property, may not willfully: (i) disturb the peace of persons on the land, premises, or beach by making an unreasonably loud noise; or (ii) act in a disorderly manner. (5) A person from any location may not, by making an unreasonably loud noise, willfully disturb the peace of another: (i) on the other's land or premises; (ii) in a public place; or (iii) on a public conveyance. (6) In Worcester County, a person may not build a bonfire or allow a bonfire to burn on a beach or other property between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. (d) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or a fine not exceeding $ 500 or both. HISTORY: An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 121; 2002, ch. 26, § 2.