Oklahoma  Cemetery






OS-21-1167  Injury to Cemetery or Tomb

Title 21 Oklahoma Statutes 2001, section 1167.

Injury to cemetery or tomb.

Every person who shall willfully with malicious intent destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure placed in any cemetery or private burying ground, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornament of any such cemetery or place of burial of any human being, or tomb, monument or gravestone, memento, or memorial, or other structure aforesaid, or of any lot within a cemetery, or shall willfully or with malicious intent destroy, cut, break, or injure any tree, shrub or plant, within the limits thereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

R. L. 1910, section 2462; Laws 1989, c. 193, section 2, effective  Nov. 1, 1989; Laws 2001, c. 386, section 1, effective July 1, 2001


OS 8-187 Visitation Rights


Abandoned cemetery on privately owned land - 

Visitation rights. Any relative of the deceased who wishes to visit an abandoned cemetery which is completely surrounded by privately owned land, for which no public ingress or egress is available, shall have the right to reasonable ingress or egress for the purpose of visiting such cemetery.  This right of access to such cemeteries extends only to visitation during reasonable hours and only for purposes usually associated with cemetery visits.  For the purposes of this section, "abandoned cemetery" means any place where human skeletal remains are buried and which no body has been interred for at least twenty-five (25) years and where such site is readily identifiable as a cemetery by an inspection of the property.  Any relative of the deceased who wishes to visit an abandoned cemetery shall make a good faith effort to notify the owners and tenants, if any, of said property prior to visiting the cemetery.  This section shall not be interpreted to allow the creation of an easement or claim of easement nor a right of ownership or claim of right ofownership to an abandoned cemetery.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 214, 1, effective Sept.1, 1992.  



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