2019 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 6 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, or Welfare
Chapter 71 - Riots, Disorderly Conduct, Etc.
Subchapter 2 - Offenses Generally
§ 5-71-230. Violation of the Protection of Peace for Mourning at a Funeral

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-71-230 (2019)
  • (a) As used in this section:

    • (1)

      • (A) “Funeral” means a ceremony or memorial service held in connection with the burial or cremation of a person who has died in which the family of the deceased has a personal stake in memorializing and honoring the deceased and the desire to be able to mourn in peace during the ceremony or memorial service.

      • (B) “Funeral” does not include a procession related to the funeral; and

    • (2) “Picket” means to engage in the activity of protesting or demonstrating to target a funeral without authorization from the family of the deceased.

  • (b) A person commits the offense of violation of the protection of peace for mourning at a funeral if the person:

    • (1) Knowingly pickets a funeral;

    • (2) Has a purpose to interfere with the funeral; and

    • (3) Pickets:

      • (A) Within three hundred feet (300′) of any ingress or egress of the funeral; and

      • (B) Either:

        • (i) During the funeral;

        • (ii) Within thirty (30) minutes immediately before the scheduled commencement of the funeral; or

        • (iii) Within thirty (30) minutes immediately following the completion of the funeral.

  • (c)

    • (1) Violation of the protection of the peace for mourning at a funeral is a Class C misdemeanor.

    • (2) A person commits a separate offense for each funeral that the person pickets in violation of this section.

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