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Felonies and Funerals

Generally, disorderly conduct is a B misdemeanor and occurs when a person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally: (1) engages in fighting or in tumultuous conduct; (2) makes unreasonable noise and continues to do so after being asked to stop; or (3) disrupts a lawful assembly of persons.  I.C. 35-45-1-3.  Not surprisingly, disorderly conduct is often charged and paired with a charge of public intoxication. 

However, there are circumstances where that crime can be a felony.  Disorderly conduct is a felony if it is committed within five hundred (500) feet of the location where a burial is being performed; a funeral procession, if the person knows that the funeral procession is taking place; or a building in which a funeral or memorial service or the viewing of a deceased person is being conducted; and adversely affects the funeral, burial, viewing, funeral procession, or memorial service.  It is also a felony to commit disorderly conduct if it adversely affects airport security and is committed in an airport or on the premises of an airport. 

Looking for a Hamilton County criminal defense attorney that understands your rights? Contact the attorneys at Keffer Barnhart LLP today if you have questions or believe your constitutional or criminal rights have been violated.  We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case.  Act now and contact us today at 1-800-NOT-GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.