- disorderly conduct
- A term of loose and indefinite meaning (except when defined by statutes), but signifying generally any behavior that is contrary to law, and more particularly such as tends to disturb the public peace or decorum, scandalize the community, or shock the public sense of morality. An offense against public morals, peace or safety. State v. Cherry, 185 Neb. 103, 173 N.W.2d 887, 888.Disorderly conduct statutes must sufficiently specify the prohibited conduct or they may be held to be unconstitutional. Baker v. Bindner, D.C. Ky., 274 F.Supp. 658.A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he:(a) engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or(b) makes unreasonable noise or offensively coarse utterance, gesture or display, or addresses abusive language to any person present; or(c) creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor. Model Penal Code, No. 250.2.See also breach of the peace
Black's law dictionary. HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.. 1990.