What is the Law on Breach of Peace Law in Vermont and What are the Punishments for it?
When a person engages in violence or displays threatening behavior with an intention to cause public nuisance or annoyance, it is treated as “breach of the peace” by the State of Vermont. Disorderly conduct charges are imposed on those people who are rambunctious, use obscene or abusive language in a public place, or engage in fighting.
What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct, Breach of Peace or Disturbances in Vermont
Unruly behavior at night at a wrong place - When someone creates a ruckus in a residential area late at night or speaks loudly, he can be booked for disorderly conduct. However, if the same person speaks loudly and uses abusive language in an industrial area in the middle of the day he would not be punished.
Disruptive protests - Participants engaged in disruptive protests such as blocking pedestrian or vehicular traffic would be booked for disorderly conduct.
Interrupting any lawful assembly or government meetings - A person or mob who interrupts a public rally, religious ceremony, or city council meeting will be slapped with disorderly conduct for breaching the peace of the community.
Fighting in public - Engaging in brawling, fighting or physical scuffles that causes public inconvenience can constitute disorderly conduct.
Recklessly endangering another person - When the reckless behavior of a person puts another person in a near-death situation or causes serious bodily injury, it constitutes disturbances of the peace.
Aggravated assault - A person can be booked for aggravated disorderly conduct if his conduct is directed towards an individual with the intent to disturb the latter's peace, right of privacy or cause inconvenience. A threat to commit a felony crime of violence causing injury to a specific person also constitutes aggravated disorderly conduct.
Disturbing peace by use of telephone or other electronic communications - If a person commits an offense with intent to terrify, annoy, harass another person through media such as a telephone or any electronic communication by using lewd, obscene, or indecent language it constitutes a breach of peace by use of telephone or other electronic communication.
Vermont Breach of Peace Punishment
Offensive noise in the nighttime - Between sunset and sunrise, if a person breaches the public blowing horns, firing a gun, making offensive noises or shouting loudly he would be fined $50.00
Simple assault - If it is a simple assault, a person would be fined $1000.00 or imprisoned for a year or in some cases both.
Aggravated assault - It is a more serious offense than the simple assault. The person who commits the offense shall be fined either $10,000.00 or jailed for 15 years or both.
Recklessly endangering another person – For this offense, a person shall be imprisoned for a year or fined for $1000 or in some cases both.
Disorderly conduct - An individual convicted of disorderly conduct such as creating offensive noise, disturbing a lawful assembly, or engaging in fighting shall be imposed a fine of $500.00, imprisoned for a period of two months or in some cases both.
Disturbing peace by use of telephone - The defendant would be fined $250.00 or imprisoned for three months. If he has committed the offense previously, he shall be fined $500.00 or jailed for six months or both.
The other disturbances of peace include assault of a correctional officer, alcoholism, and intoxication, assault of protected professional and interference with access to emergency services. The defendant, if found guilty would either have to pay a fine or be jailed for a stipulated amount of time.