Michigan Disorderly Conduct Laws

What is Disorderly Conduct?

"Disorderly conduct" refers to actions that disturb other people. Each state has their own laws against disorderly conduct, such as neglecting one's family, prostitution, peeping toms, persons who illegally run a business, and those who are drunk, indecent or obscene, vagrants, and loiterers.

In Michigan, a person commits a disorderly offense when he or she does any of the following:

  • Neglecting to support your family
  • Being a prostitute
  • Peeping Toms
  • Engaging in an illegal business or profession (such as illegal gambling)
  • Being intoxicated in public and directly endangering the safety of another person or causing a public disturbance
  • Engaging in indecent or obscene conduct in public (such as nudity or sexual acts)
  • Being a vagrant
  • Loitering at police stations, jails, hospitals, or courthouses, soliciting work as an attorney or bail bond, or other legal services.
  • Unnecessarily jostling or crowding others in public places.

Michigan has joined a number of states in banning picketing at a funeral after a recent string of events involving the Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with signs such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

The following table highlights the main provisions of Georgia disorderly conduct laws. See Disturbing the Peace, Public Intoxication, and Public Safety Violations for more information.

Code Sections

Disorderly Person: Michigan Penal Code Section 750.167, Michigan Penal Code Section 167d (funeral picketing)

What is Prohibited

(see above)

Funeral Picketing: Intimidating, threatening, or harassing people attending a funeral, service, viewing, procession, or burial. Protesters must stay at least 500 feet away from a funeral, burial, or other ceremony.

Penalties

Misdemeanor, up to 90 Days in jail and maximum fine of $500, or both.

Picketing at a funeral is a felony. Up to 2 yrs. in prison, $5000 fine, or both. If it is your second offense, the punishment is up to 4 yrs. in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Because Michigan's criminal laws can sometimes get complicated, particularly surrounding funeral protests, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you have questions about your specific situation.

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