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Massachusetts General Laws Part IV. Crimes, Punishments and Proceedings in Criminal Cases (Ch. 263-280) Ch. 272, § 53

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(a)?Common night walkers, common street walkers, both male and female, persons who with offensive and disorderly acts or language accost or annoy another person, lewd, wanton and lascivious persons in speech or behavior, keepers of noisy and disorderly houses, and persons guilty of indecent exposure shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of not more than $200, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

<[?Subsection (b) effective until April 13, 2018. ?For text effective April 13, 2018, see below.]>

(b)?Disorderly persons and disturbers of the peace, for the first offense, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $150. ?On a second or subsequent offense, such person shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of not more than $200, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

<[?Subsection (b) as amended by 2018, 69, Sec. 160 effective April 13, 2018. ?For text effective until April 13, 2018, see above.]>

(b)?Disorderly persons and disturbers of the peace shall, for a first offense, be punished by a fine of not more than $150. ?For a second or subsequent offense, disorderly persons and disturbers of the peace shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months or by a fine of not more than $200 or by both such fine and imprisonment; ?provided, however, that an elementary or secondary school student shall not be adjudged a delinquent child for a violation of this subsection for such conduct within school buildings or on school grounds or in the course of school-related events.

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