The Case Of The State Of New Hampshire V. Sondra Murray Essay

805 Words Aug 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
In the case of the State of New Hampshire v. Sondra Murray, Ms. Murray was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana. She was convicted of the disorderly conduct which violated N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 644:2, and possession of marijuana, which violated N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 318-B:2. The charges were misdemeanors, but were reduced down to violations as required under N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 625:9. The defendant appealed the guilty verdict to the Supreme Court of New Hampshire.

The defendant was a passenger in a car when the driver was arrested for driving on a revoked license. She yelled unknown comments out the window that did not interfere with the arrest of the driver. There were no other people who were in the area to hear or see the defendant’s behavior. The police officer requested to see her identification, which she couldn’t find. The officer informed her he wouldn’t let her drive causing her to become verbally abusive. Her actions were upsetting to the police officer. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. While being arrested her arm was broken causing her to be permanently impaired. The police officer searched her purse, looking for her identification, and discovered marijuana in a closed film canister.

Disturbing the peace is a charge in violation of RSA 644:2, III(a)- He purposely causes a breach of the peace, public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a…

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