In Pennsylvania it is a crime to intentionally cause or recklessly create a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm by doing any of the following:
- Engaging in fighting, threatening or violent behavior;
- Making unreasonable noise;
- Using obscene language or gestures; or
- Creating a physically hazardous condition that serves no legitimate purpose.
In summary, it prohibits any type of action that disturbs the peace of others in public. Some examples of disruptive behavior can be applied to situations such as loud parties, bar fights, or even some peaceful protests. The charge may be applied with other offenses, such as an assault or battery charge during a fight, which can result in more serious consequences for the alleged offender.
Penalties and Sentences
Disorderly conduct is a summary offense. This is considered a less serious charge than a felony or misdemeanor. Though it may not be a criminal conviction, it will show up on criminal record history checks, therefore this should be taken seriously. Disorderly conduct is punishable by a maximum penalty of 90 days and/or a fine of anywhere between $25 and $1,500 depending on the degree of severity of the summary offense.
If the defendant intended to cause serious inconvenience or substantial harm, the disorderly conduct can also be charged as a third-degree misdemeanor. In this case, in Pennsylvania, a third-degree misdemeanor may receive a sentence of up to one year in prison and/or a fine up to $2,500.
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