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Disorderly Conduct


Punishable by 60 days imprisonment and/or $500 fine

ยง 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.


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