In Maryland, disorderly conduct is a crime under title 10 “crimes against public health, conduct and sensibilities”, subtitle 2 “disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and related crimes”. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense with the punishment specified in the statute.
When the law refers to “public peace” , this creates a requirement that a third party is affected or potentially affected. Other people must be present or at least within hearing range for there to be a violation which disturbs public peace. Other people must be present or at least within hearing range for there to be a violation which disturbs public peace. The same is true in section (c)(5) that someone must be within hearing range to commit the offense. However, there is no requirement that the person intended to bother anyone. The fact that there is such an affect is sufficient to convict for disorderly conduct.
The punishment is a prison sentence of up to 60 days and/or a $500 fine. The judge has the discretion to impose any other sentence subject to these limits. Disorderly conduct is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.
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