Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin, PLLC.
Serving Denton County Since 2002
ACTUALLYTHISTIME.png

Funeral Service Disruptions

Funeral Service Disruptions

Chapter 42 of the Texas Penal Code defines disorderly conduct and other related charges.

“Funeral Service Disruptions”, as per § 42.055 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person, during the period beginning three hours before the service begins and ending three hours after the service is completed, the person engages in picketing within 1,000 feet of a facility or cemetery being used for a funeral service.

"Picketing" means:

  • standing, sitting, or repeated walking, riding, driving, or other similar action by a person displaying or carrying a banner, placard, or sign;

  • engaging in loud singing, chanting, whistling, or yelling, with or without noise amplification through a device such as a bullhorn or microphone; or

  • blocking access to a facility or cemetery being used for a funeral service.

An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor B

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days

  • Fine not to exceed $2,000

  • Both such fine and confinement