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:
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.”
|What is Prohibited||
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.
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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