About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

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.
(ii)   “Public 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.
(ii)   “Public place” includes:
1.   a restaurant, shop, shopping center, store, tavern, or other place of business;
2.   a public building;
3.   a public parking lot;
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 public worship;
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 peace.
(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 manner.
(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 place; or
(iii)   on a public conveyance.
(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.