Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct is a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 53. There are three elements that the government has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt before a person can be convicted of disorderly conduct, as follows:

  1. The defendant was involved in either: fighting or threatening, behavior that was violent or tumultuous, or behavior that created a hazard or some condition that was physically offensive and did not serve a legitimate purpose.

  2. These actions were reasonably likely to have an effect on the public (meaning persons in a place accessible by the public or by a large group).

  3. The defendant either had the intent to cause or recklessly created a risk of inconvenience, alarm or annoyance to the public.

The purpose of this law is to rein in behavior that tends to disturb the public peace or cause other people to be alarmed. Expressive acts or speech that come within the protections of the First Amendment cannot amount to criminal disorderly conduct. In addition to disorderly conduct, Chapter 272 Section 53 governs the offenses of:

  • Common nightwalker
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Indecent exposure
  • Lewd, wanton, and lascivious act
  • Annoying and accosting persons of the opposite sex
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct or any other crime in Massachusetts and would like to speak with a criminal lawyer, contact Robert J. Wheeler, Jr.

Massachusetts defense attorney Robert Wheeler has been practicing criminal defense for more than 30 years. He is one of the most experienced, intelligent and diligent attorneys in the state, and he is well recognized as such. Over the years, Attorney Wheeler has successfully handled every type of crime that there is. He explores all possibilities to ensure that his clients receive the best quality representation and have the best chances of moving on with their lives.

Law Office Of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 263 6800

The Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. focuses on criminal defense exclusively. Call Attorney Wheeler's office at (617) 263 6800 (24 hours per day and 7 days per week) if you would like to discuss disorderly conduct or any criminal matter with one of Boston's most aggressive defense lawyers. You can also e-mail Attorney Wheeler directly for a quick reply. Robert Wheeler's Boston office is conveniently located on Congress Street and is easily accessible by way of public transportation.