In California, whenever someone acts in a way that disrupts the public order or disturbs the peace and tranquility of the community, they are in violation of Penal Code 415 PC. Disturbing the peace laws cover a wide variety of activities, and for this reason they are one of the more commonly charged crimes. Most disturbing the peace offenses are misdemeanors, though some may be felonies or even infractions.
California law defines three forms of disturbing the peace providing prosecutors multiple ways to pursue criminal charges against defendants. A person can violate California’s “disturbing the peace” laws by: