Nearly every state has a law regarding disorderly conduct that makes it a crime to:
- 1) be drunk in public
- 2) to "disturb the peace"
- 3) to loiter in certain areas
Many types of obnoxious or unruly behavior may fit the definition of disorderly conduct, as such statutes are often used as "catch-all" crimes. Police may use a disorderly conduct charge to keep the peace when a person is behaving in a disruptive manner, but presents no serious public danger.