Definition of breach of the peace in English:

breach of the peace

phrase

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am sure there remained a constant risk of further domestic incidents involving violence and breach of the peace.’
    • ‘The only time the exemption does not apply is in cases of treason, a felony or breach of the peace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A man appeared from custody at Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Monday morning charged with assault, breach of the peace and possession of cannabis resin.’
    • ‘The only power of arrest under the common law relates to breaches of the peace.’
    • ‘All four were subsequently charged with conduct likely to cause a 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.’
    • ‘They were held on charges ranging from being drunk and disorderly, breach of the peace and public order offences.’
    • ‘Despite the lack of defense, the tribunal condemned the accused to death for culpable homicide unlawful assembly and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said they would be charged with breach of the peace and malicious damage offences.’
    • ‘One male was arrested for breach of the peace and will be reported to the procurator fiscal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the most important offences is that of behaving in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace at common law.’
    • ‘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.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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