Section 13A-11-17

Disrupting a funeral or memorial service.

(a) A person commits the crime of disrupting a funeral or memorial service if, during the 60 minutes immediately preceding a funeral or memorial service that has a scheduled starting time, during the funeral or memorial service, or immediately following the funeral or memorial service, the person does any of the following with the intention of disrupting the funeral or memorial service:

(1) Engages in a protest, including, but not limited to, protest with or without using an electric sound amplification device, that involves singing, chanting, whistling, yelling, or honking a motor vehicle horn within 1,000 feet of the entrance to a facility being used for a funeral or memorial service.

(2) Blocks access to a facility being used for the service.

(3) Impedes vehicles that he or she knows are part of the procession.

(b) For purposes of this section, the term "facility" includes a funeral home, church, or cemetery in which the funeral or memorial service takes place.

(c) A violation of subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor for the first conviction and a Class C felony for each subsequent conviction.

(Act 2006-585, p. 1547, §1; Act 2012-303, p. 644, §1.)