Chapter 9A.84 RCW

PUBLIC DISTURBANCE

Sections

9A.84.010Criminal mischief.
9A.84.020Failure to disperse.
9A.84.030Disorderly conduct.
9A.84.040False reporting.


9A.84.010
Criminal mischief.

(1) A person is guilty of the crime of criminal mischief if, acting with three or more other persons, he or she knowingly and unlawfully uses or threatens to use force, or in any way participates in the use of such force, against any other person or against property.
(2)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, the crime of criminal mischief is a gross misdemeanor.
(b) The crime of criminal mischief is a class C felony if the actor is armed with a deadly weapon.

NOTES:

Effective date2013 c 20: "This act takes effect January 1, 2014." [ 2013 c 20 § 3.]
IntentEffective date2003 c 53: See notes following RCW 2.48.180.



9A.84.020
Failure to disperse.

(1) A person is guilty of failure to disperse if:
(a) He or she congregates with a group of three or more other persons and there are acts of conduct within that group which create a substantial risk of causing injury to any person, or substantial harm to property; and
(b) He or she refuses or fails to disperse when ordered to do so by a peace officer or other public servant engaged in enforcing or executing the law.
(2) Failure to disperse is a misdemeanor.



9A.84.030
Disorderly conduct.

(1) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if the person:
(a) Uses abusive language and thereby intentionally creates a risk of assault;
(b) Intentionally disrupts any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority;
(c) Intentionally obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic without lawful authority; or
(d)(i) Intentionally engages in fighting or in tumultuous conduct or makes unreasonable noise, within five hundred feet of:
(A) The location where a funeral or burial is being performed;
(B) A funeral home during the viewing of a deceased person;
(C) A funeral procession, if the person described in this subsection (1)(d) knows that the funeral procession is taking place; or
(D) A building in which a funeral or memorial service is being conducted; and
(ii) Knows that the activity adversely affects the funeral, burial, viewing, funeral procession, or memorial service.
(2) Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor.

NOTES:

Effective date2007 c 2: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [February 2, 2007]." [ 2007 c 2 § 2.]



9A.84.040
False reporting.

(1) A person is guilty of false reporting if with knowledge that the information reported, conveyed, or circulated is false, he or she initiates or circulates a false report or warning of an alleged occurrence or impending occurrence of a fire, explosion, crime, catastrophe, or emergency knowing that such false report is likely to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or transportation facility, or to cause public inconvenience or alarm.
(2) False reporting is a gross misdemeanor.