Disturbing the Peace Law in Louisiana

Louisiana Disturbing the Peace Law —  La. R.S. 14:103

Elizabeth B. Carpenter is a New Orleans Disturbing the Peace attorney who represents people throughout South Louisiana.

Disturbing the Peaceis the doing any of the following in such manner as would foreseeably disturb or alarm the public:

(1)  Engaging in a fistic encounter; or

(2)  Addressing any offensive, derisive, or annoying words to any other person who is lawfully in any street, or other public place; or call him by any offensive or derisive name, or make any noise or exclamation in his presence and hearing with the intent to deride, offend, or annoy him, or to prevent him from pursuing his lawful business, occupation, or duty; or

(3)  Appearing in an intoxicated condition; or

(4)  Engaging in any act in a violent and tumultuous manner by any three or more persons; or

(5)  Holding of an unlawful assembly; or

(6)  Interruption of any lawful assembly of people; or

(7)  Intentionally engaging in any act or any utterance, gesture, or display designed to disrupt a funeral, funeral home viewing, funeral procession, wake, memorial service, or burial of a deceased person.

(8)  Intentionally blocking, impeding, inhibiting, or in any other manner obstructing or interfering with access into or from any building or parking lot of a building in which a funeral, wake, memorial service, or burial is being conducted, or any burial plot or the parking lot of the cemetery in which a funeral, wake, memorial service, or burial is being conducted.

Examples of Disturbing the Peace

Example #1

A female is at the airport and upset because the airline lost her luggage.  In a fit of anger she start cursing at the ticket agent.

Example #2

A religious group gathers at the funeral of a doctor who performed abortions during his career.

Example #3

After a night of drinking in the French Quarter, a male returns to his hotel very inebriated and gets angry because his room key is not working.


Whoever commits the crime of disturbing the peace shall be fined not more than 100 dollars or imprisoned for not more than 90 Days, or both.

Whoever commits the crime of disturbing the peace involving a funeral shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both.

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If you or a loved one has received a citation or been arrested for Disturbing the Peace in New Orleans, contact an experienced Municipal Offenses Attorney today —  Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter has defended many disturbing the peace cases in New Orleans.

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