Massachusetts Disturbing the Peace Lawyer

Being disruptive in a way that disturbs others may constitute a criminal offense in some cases. While people have the right to engage in free speech—as well as a wide variety of other behaviors—these rights aren’t unlimited. When facing a charge of disturbing the peace, calling a criminal defense attorney who’s experienced in cases like yours may help to protect your future. 

What Is Disturbing the Peace?

A person commits a crime of disturbing the peace when they engage in unreasonably disruptive behavior. Some examples of this might include:

  • Yelling or making a scene in public
  • Having unreasonably loud or obnoxious house parties
  • Breaking objects or bottles in public
  • Playing music at an unreasonably loud level
  • Fighting in public

Of course, the above list is not inclusive. Any behavior that is disruptive in a way that an ordinary person would find unreasonable could be classified as disturbing the peace. 

Potential Punishments for Disturbing the Peace in Massachusetts

Disturbing the peace in Massachusetts is a misdemeanor offense. The crime is punishable by a fine. While this may seem relatively minor and insignificant, it’s important to know that someone who has a criminal background or is on probation could be more negatively impacted by a charge like this. Additionally, having a misdemeanor offense on your record could harm your reputation and potentially impact future opportunities. 

What Must the Prosecution Prove Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

The prosecution is responsible for proving the guilt of the defendant. There are three elements that the prosecution must establish in order to secure a conviction of guilt. These include:

  1. The defendant acted in an offensive way that was unreasonable
  2. The unreasonably offensive behavior was committed intentionally
  3. The unreasonable offense behavior was disturbing or annoying to another party

It’s important to remember that the behavior must have been “unreasonable.” A common defense to the charge of disturbing the peace is simply that the behavior does not constitute something that the average person would find to be unreasonable. 

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help 

If you have been charged with disturbing the peace, you may be worried about the legal consequences you face and how this could impact your future. One of the best ways to get the answers you need is to contact an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney who can review your case and provide you with legal advice. An attorney will be responsible for building your defense, reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you, and advocating for you and your Constitutional rights along the way.

For a consultation with The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, call today at (978) 397-0011 or send our team a message online. We are here to work for you.