Disorderly conduct is defined in New Hampshire criminal law by RSA 644:2, and there are a variety of different types of behavior that could trigger a prosecution. One type of disorderly conduct is fighting or violent behavior in a public place. A second example is if a person makes loud or unreasonable noises in a public place or inside of a private place when the noise can be heard in public. Another type of disorderly conduct is if a person makes statements to another person that are likely to provoke a violent reaction, otherwise known as “fighting words.”
Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor if the conduct continues after the defendant is told to desist. In that case it can carry up to one year in jail. Otherwise, disorderly conduct is a violation level offense that carries up to a $1,000 fine.
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