Many people have the wrong idea that a misdemeanor peace disturbance is an insignificant or frivolous charge that doesn’t carry much of a punishment. Those people would be wrong. Not only can a peace disturbance conviction result in a large fine and court fees, but it can even result in jail time.
Peace Disturbance – Misdemeanor Statute
Section 574.010 Peace disturbance
Citation: MO Rev Stat § 574.010 (2018)
- A person commits the offense of peace disturbance if he or she:
(1) Unreasonably and knowingly disturbs or alarms another person or persons by:
(a) Loud noise; or
(b) Offensive language addressed in a face-to-face manner to a specific individual and uttered under circumstances which are likely to produce an immediate violent response from a reasonable recipient; or
(c) Threatening to commit a felonious act against any person under circumstances which are likely to cause a reasonable person to fear that such threat may be carried out; or
(d) Fighting; or
(e) Creating a noxious and offensive odor;
(2) Is in a public place or on private property of another without consent and purposely causes inconvenience to another person or persons by unreasonably and physically obstructing:
(a) Vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
(b) The free ingress or egress to or from a public or private place.
2. The offense of peace disturbance is a class B misdemeanor upon the first conviction. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, peace disturbance is a class A misdemeanor. Upon a third or subsequent conviction, a person shall be sentenced to pay a fine of no less than one thousand dollars and no more than five thousand dollars.
Penalty of Conviction
Trust an experienced legal team to defend you from a peace conviction charge. An unsuccessful defense of a peace disturbance charge can result in a class B misdemeanor — even for your first offense. It can be moved up to a class A misdemeanor with prior convictions. These penalties range from a maximum of one year to a maximum of six months, with fines up to $1000. When you add in the court fees, a simple peace disturbance can carry substantial financial risk. Trust the lawyers at MRD Lawyers to give you the defense you need.