unlawful assembly

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An unlawful assembly is the meeting together of three or more persons with the intent to disturb the public peace.

To constitute this offense, it must appear that there was common intent of the persons assembled to attain purpose, whether lawful or unlawful, by commissions of acts of intimidation and disorder likely to produce danger to the peace of neighborhood, and actually tending to inspire courageous persons with well-grounded fear of serious breaches of public speech. This intent or purpose does not need to exist at the outset.

If these persons take steps toward performing this forcible and violent execution, it becomes a rout. If these persons actually perform this forcible and violent execution, it becomes a riot

Whoever participates in any riot, rout, unlawful assembly or affray, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

[Last updated in September of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]