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The First amendment protects a significant amount of verbal challenge and criticism directed at police officers. "Speech is often provocative and challenging but it is never the less protected against censorship and punishment unless shown likely to produce a clear and present danger of serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or unrest. Terminiello v. Chicago 337 U.S. 1, 4, 69 S.Ct. 894, 895. In a concurring opinion Justice Powell in Lewis v. New Orleans suggested that even the fighting words exception might require a narrower application in words addressed at police officers because a properly trained officer may reasonably be expected to show a higher degree of restraint than the average citizen and thus be less likely to respond belligerently to fighting words. Lewis v. New Orleans, 415 U.S.130 at 135.

In the face of verbal challenge to police action, officers and municipalities must respond with restraint. The First Amendment recognizes, wisely we think, that a certain amount of expressive disorder not only is inevitable in a society committed to individual freedom, but must itself be protected for that freedom to survive. City of Houston v. Hill, 107 S.Ct. 2502 at 471-472. The state's evidence was insufficient to support defendant's conviction for disorderly conduct; defendant's behavior of yelling into his cell phone and using profanity, while standing in bank's doorway, did not constitute "fighting words" or incite the crowd to action, people were coming out of the bank and, as they did, they stopped to watch defendant, and there was no evidence that the crowd gathered out of any purpose other than curiosity or to observe defendant's behavior. Fields v. State, 24 So. 3d 646 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009).

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A Daytona Beach disorderly conduct charge is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation or any combination of the two. The maximum fine is $500 plus court cost, cost of investigation and cost of prosecution. Daytona Beach disorderly conduct lawyer Kevin J. Pitts is an experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney. Mr. Pitts has defended and prosecuted disorderly conduct and disorderly intoxication cases in the Daytona Beach area. Cussing at a police officer and making a scene will often get you arrested but will rarely get you convicted. The first amendment protects most speech and as long as the speech does not involve race or the classic fire in a theater it will most likely be protected. Call Daytona Beach disorderly conduct attorney Kevin J. Pitts today at 386-451-5112 to set up a free consultation.

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