[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]098a Uncod LL Pro
Article I Mutilation or Destruction of United States Flag
[Adopted 9-12-1989 by L.L. No. 33-1989]
A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 when he or she intentionally destroys or intentionally mutilates a United States Flag, in a public place, within the County of Suffolk. In any prosecution under this section, a communication made in connection with the alleged destruction or mutilation shall not be admissible in evidence against the accused other than to prove intentional conduct.
This article does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the proper disposal of a flag when it has become worn or otherwise not suitable for display.
This article shall be null and void on the same day that statewide legislation goes into effect, incorporating either the same or substantially similar provisions as are contained in this article, or in the event that a pertinent state or federal administrative agency issues and promulgates regulations preempting such action by the County of Suffolk. The County Legislature may determine, via mere resolution, whether or not identical or substantially similar statewide legislation has been enacted for the purposes of triggering the provisions of this section.