Disturbing The Peace

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iStock 000003561357Small 300x300 Disturbing The PeaceIf you have been charged with Disturbing the Peace, you have been accused of making or exciting a disturbance. The most typical type is excessive noise. The penalty for a “disturbing the peace conviction” in Michigan can be as much as 93 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine, if convicted it will create a criminal record, which you must disclose to potential employers, state licensing boards, and which could carry licensing sanctions.

If you have been arrested or charged with the Disturbing the Peace, we recommend that you retain experienced counsel to aid in the defense of this charge. We know the law and can help you understand your rights and develop defenses to charges levied against you. To retain Garmo & Kiste, PLC call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.

What does the law, MCL 750.170 Disturbing the Peace, state?

Disturbing the Peace cases, are generally governed by local ordinance, however the Michigan Statute reads as follows:

“Disturbance of lawful meetings—Any person who shall make or excite any disturbance or contention in any tavern, store or grocery, manufacturing establishment or any other business place or in any street, lane, alley, highway, public building, grounds or park, or at any election or other public meeting where citizens are peaceably and lawfully assembled, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Remember, judges have a tremendous amount of discretion when imposing your punishment. Without us, or another competent attorney, you may say or do the wrong thing, increasing your punishment.  For this reason, looking for an attorney who practices in the county where you were violated is particularly helpful.  That said, we regularly practice in the counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee, and St. Clair. For more information about Disturbing the Peace, or to retain Garmo & Kiste, PLC call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.

Why hire us?

One of the greatest advantages of hiring our firm is the connections we bring to the process. Typically we know the prosecutor and the judge, allowing us to anticipate the judge’s reactions, understand how the prosecutor will want to proceed, and to negotiate the best deal for our clients in efforts of removing as much uncertainty from the process as possible.  For this reason, looking for an attorney who practices in the county where you were violated is particularly helpful.  That said we regularly practice in the counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee, and St. Clair.

Let us help you navigate the Court system’s rough waters, and keep you out of jail. For more information about Disturbing the Peace and other criminal Misdemeanors, and/or to retain Garmo & Kiste, PLC call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.

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