Can I be arrested for having an argument in my own home?
3 attorney answers
As Attorney Clement said: a loud argument can be the cause of a Disturbing the Peace arrest, just as easily as a loud stereo or party. It would be unusual for your grandmother to call the police in the middle of the argument and ask the police to arrest you without incriminating herself in the same offense. If she wanted you to leave the apartment (if it is in her name) then she could use repeated police calls as an example of her fear of you. If you are careful not to threaten or assault her then she may be looking for another reason to get you arrested and ordered to leave the premises. Sort of like self-help eviction, using the police to do what she cannot do.
If it is just arguing, in and of itself, then no you can’t be arrested. If the arguing rises to the level of threatening or assaulting your grandmother, then yes. Theoretically - as it has already been addressed - you could be arrested for disturbing the peace, but I’d imagine that would be one hell of an argument. You’d really have to work hard for that to happen...
Yes, you theoretically could be charged with disturbing the peace. If you're making so much noise that it disturbs the other residents of the building, that could qualify as disturbing the peace.
In order to be charged, you need to actually disturb somebody's peace. I'm reading your question to be whether your grandmother could call the cops on you and complain that you're disturbing her peace. Honestly, I've never seen a case where two people are fighting and then somebody us charged for disturbing the other participant to the fight. It could technically happen; I've just never seen it. But if she's shouting back at you, you could also complain that she's disturbing your peace and she should be charged too.