Definition of breach of the peace in US English:

breach of the peace

phrase

British
  • An act of violent or noisy behavior that causes a public disturbance and is considered a criminal offense.

    • ‘One male was arrested for breach of the peace and will be reported to the procurator fiscal.’
    • ‘All four were subsequently charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.’
    • ‘He was arrested for an alleged breach of the peace, including three charges of assaulting police officers.’
    • ‘This paper considers the various powers which are available to the police in respect of actual or anticipated breaches of the peace, and then questions whether they are necessary.’
    • ‘They were held on charges ranging from being drunk and disorderly, breach of the peace and public order offences.’
    • ‘It is also clear that a person may be arrested for causing a breach of the peace or where it is reasonably apprehended that he or she is likely to cause a breach of the peace.’
    • ‘No doubt there are arguments in favour of extending PACE to apply to arrest and detention for breach of the peace.’
    • ‘The jury decided that Fraser had assaulted one of them by forcing him to the ground, handcuffing him and wrongfully arresting him for breach of the peace.’
    • ‘It is the run-of-the-mill crimes and offences such as break-ins, car crime, assaults, breaches of the peace, and general annoyance within communities which predominate and concern law-abiding citizens.’
    • ‘Vandals, drunks and those suspected of minor assault or breach of the peace would be arrested and taken to a police station where the fixed penalty offer would be made.’
    • ‘The only time the exemption does not apply is in cases of treason, a felony or breach of the peace.’
    • ‘She said they would be charged with breach of the peace and malicious damage offences.’
    • ‘One of the most important offences is that of behaving in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace at common law.’
    • ‘In Brazil the defendant had been arrested and taken to the police station for acting in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace.’
    • ‘Despite the lack of defense, the tribunal condemned the accused to death for culpable homicide unlawful assembly and breach of the peace.’
    • ‘The only power of arrest under the common law relates to breaches of the peace.’
    • ‘A man appeared from custody at Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Monday morning charged with assault, breach of the peace and possession of cannabis resin.’
    • ‘I am sure there remained a constant risk of further domestic incidents involving violence and breach of the peace.’
    • ‘Since he has not been found guilty of a breach of the peace, he has not breached his probation order and will be found not guilty of that count as well.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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