What is the law?

What is the law?

Under Louisiana law, disturbing the peace includes any of the following acts:

(1) Engaging in a fistic encounter;

(2) Addressing any offensive, derisive, or annoying words to any person who is lawfully in any street, or other public place; or

  • Calling a person by any offensive or derisive name, or
  • Making any noise or exclamation in the person's presence and hearing with the intent to deride, offend, or annoy him/her, or to prevent him/her from pursuing his/her lawful business, occupation, or duty;


(3) Appearing in an intoxicated condition;

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

(5) Holding of an unlawful assembly;

(6) Interruption of any lawful assembly of people;

(7) Intentionally engaging in any act or any utterance, gesture, or display designed to disrupt a funeral, funeral route, or burial of a deceased person; or,

(8) Intentionally blocking, impeding, inhibiting, or in any other manner obstructing or interfering with a funeral route.

What are the penalties for disturbing the peace?

A conviction for disturbing the peace typically results in a fine of no more than $100, imprisonment for no more than 90 days, or both.

If the offense was committed at a funeral proceeding, a conviction can result in a fine of no more than $500, imprisonment for no more than 6 months, or both.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with disturbing the peace, do not hesitate to contact The Norris Law Group immediately. We look forward to meeting with you to review your case. Call (318) 771-7000 now.