Without poking too much fun at the state legislature, today we’re going to cover a crime that probably doesn’t occur too often—disrupting a Utah funeral or memorial service. Believe it or not, this crime is on the Utah law books, and you could spend time in jail if you’re found guilty of committing this offense.
Disrupting a Utah Funeral
You might be found guilty of a class B misdemeanor if you, with a plan to disrupt the Utah funeral or memorial service, do any of the following during the 60 minutes right before the service starts or in the 60 minutes immediately following the service:
• obstruct, hinder, impede or block another person’s entry to or exit from the memorial site
• obstruct, hinder, impede or block a funeral procession
• make unreasonable noise or
• engage in disruptive activity within 200 feet of the memorial service
Activities to Avoid at a Funeral
We know you can’t wait to find out what “disruptive activity” includes. The law lists:
• a loud or disruptive oration or speech that isn’t part of the memorial service
• displaying a placard, banner, poster, flag or other item that isn’t part of the service
• distributing any handbill, pamphlet, leaflet or other written material or item that isn’t part of the service
Although we don’t recommend it, apparently you can do any of the above-listed things anytime outside the specified timeframe. To be on the safe side, though, keep your disruptive activities to yourself.
Discuss Your Case with a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney
Even though you aren’t likely to be arrested for breaking the Utah funeral and memorial service law, if you find yourself in legal trouble it’s best to talk to a Utah criminal defense attorney.
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