Noisy neighbors: Harris County
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If you have a neighbor who is making excessive noise, i.e. music, barking dog, yelling, or other disturbances that would fall under this section, you should call the Constable or Sheriff’s Department and advise them. The normal procedure is for law enforcement to make contact with the person or persons making or allowing the loud noise and advises them to stop. Then, if they refuse and continue to create a disturbance, a citation (ticket) is issued and they will be given a court date to appear before a Justice of the Peace Court judge to answer the charges. In most cases when law enforcement contacts the perpetrator, it is settled and the loud noise is stopped. In some cases, law enforcement is called out more than twice in which case a citation is almost certain. One of the major problems for law enforcement is when they arrive; the loud noise has already stopped and can’t be witnessed by the officer. Only a warning can be given. When that is the case, it usually requires an extra patrol in the area to see if the disturbance reoccurs.
Regular polite respectful patient contact, by phone calls or in person visits, with the local deputies office or the deputy constables may succeed in getting this the attention it deserves.
In the facts above, it is not clear whether the deputy got to observe the noise first hand or whether the deputy was giving the person(s) their first warning before more law enforcement raises its enforcement action about this situation.
Texas Penal Code Chapter 42, Section 42.01 deals with disorderly conduct, loud music or noise. It basically states that a person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly makes unreasonable noise in a public place other than a sports event, or in or near a private residence. A noise is presumed to be unreasonable if the noise exceeds a decibel level of 85 after the person making the noise receives notice from a judge or peace officer that the noise is a public nuisance. An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
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