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The words you speak in public could incite a legal response

There are many things you can do for fun during the summertime in Iowa. Now that the snow has melted, it is a great time to get outdoors and socialize with your friends. But did you know that in some circumstances, you could face arrest for doing so?

Although you might think you are minding your own business, you could get in trouble for disturbing the peace of those around you. And while this could include behavior that others may consider offensive, such as swearing, certain laws strictly prohibit you from damaging and making property unclean. But when it comes to disturbing the peace, do you know what Iowa's disorderly conduct laws entail?

What is disorderly conduct?

Most people do not set out to cause problems during summer concerts, fairs and festivals. However, being aware of the possible ways you could face consequences could help you stay out of trouble.

You might face consequences for actions which include:

  • Causing public concern through falsified reports of catastrophic events, like yelling "fire!"
  • Disrupting a peaceful public assembly
  • Making loud noises around residential or public buildings
  • Displaying violent behavior or participating in a fight
  • Hindering the use of public roadways
  • Disrespecting the United States flag
  • Provoking a violent reaction from others

If you are charged with committing any of these offenses, you might be responsible for paying fines and serving time in prison. Depending on how and where your disorderly conduct charges occur, they could result in a criminal record.

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