Article - Criminal Law
(a) (1) In
this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) (i) “Public
conveyance” means a conveyance to which the public or a portion
of the public has access to and a right to use for transportation.
conveyance” includes an airplane, vessel, bus, railway car,
school vehicle, and subway car.
(3) (i) “Public
place” means a place to which the public or a portion of the
public has access and a right to resort for business, dwelling, entertainment,
or other lawful purpose.
1. a restaurant,
shop, shopping center, store, tavern, or other place of business;
2. a public building;
3. a public parking
4. a public street,
sidewalk, or right-of-way;
5. a public park
or other public grounds;
6. the common areas
of a building containing four or more separate dwelling units, including
a corridor, elevator, lobby, and stairwell;
7. a hotel or motel;
8. a place used
for public resort or amusement, including an amusement park, golf
course, race track, sports arena, swimming pool, and theater;
9. an institution
of elementary, secondary, or higher education;
10. a place of
11. a place or
building used for entering or exiting a public conveyance, including
an airport terminal, bus station, dock, railway station, subway station,
and wharf; and
12. the parking
areas, sidewalks, and other grounds and structures that are part of
a public place.
(b) For purposes
of a prosecution under this section, a public conveyance or a public
place need not be devoted solely to public use.
(c) (1) A
person may not willfully and without lawful purpose obstruct or hinder
the free passage of another in a public place or on a public conveyance.
(2) A person may
not willfully act in a disorderly manner that disturbs the public
(3) A person may
not willfully fail to obey a reasonable and lawful order that a law
enforcement officer makes to prevent a disturbance to the public peace.
(4) A person who
enters the land or premises of another, whether an owner or lessee,
or a beach adjacent to residential riparian property, may not willfully:
(i) disturb the
peace of persons on the land, premises, or beach by making an unreasonably
loud noise; or
(ii) act in a disorderly
(5) A person from
any location may not, by making an unreasonably loud noise, willfully
disturb the peace of another:
(i) on the other’s
land or premises;
(ii) in a public
(iii) on a public
(6) In Worcester
County, a person may not build a bonfire or allow a bonfire to burn
on a beach or other property between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
(d) A person who
violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction
is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or a fine not exceeding
$500 or both.