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http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=13&Chapter=081&Section=03764

 

 

A few other laws to check out.

Title 26: Professions and Occupations    Chapter 17: EMBALMERS  931 through 998

Title 26: Professions and Occupations  Chapter 21: FUNERAL DIRECTORS  1211  Through 1275

Title 33: Human Services  Chapter 23: BURIALS AT PUBLIC EXPENSE   2301 Burial responsibility  and  2302 Use for advancement of anatomical science

Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 81: TRESPASS AND MALICIOUS INJURIES TO PROPERTY

13 V.S.A. 3761. Unauthorized removal of human remains

3761. Unauthorized removal of human remains

A person who, not being authorized by law, intentionally excavates, disinters, removes or carries away a human body, or the remains thereof, interred or entombed in this state, or intentionally excavates, disinters, removes or carries away an object interred or entombed with a human body in this state, or knowingly aids in such excavation, disinterment, removal or carrying away, or is accessory thereto, shall be imprisoned not more than fifteen years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both. (Amended 1989, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), 1.)

Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 81: TRESPASS AND MALICIOUS INJURIES TO PROPERTY

13 V.S.A. 3762. Search for concealed bodies

3762. Search for concealed bodies

Upon the complaint and oath of a person made to him in writing that the remains of a dead person have been disinterred and removed and that the complainant has reason to believe that the remains of such dead person are secreted in a dwelling house or other building, a district judge shall issue a warrant, directed to any sheriff or constable, commanding him to make search in such place for such dead person. The officer serving such process shall not be liable for executing such warrant, whether the body of such dead person is found or not. (Amended 1965, No. 194, 10, operative February 1, 1967; 1973, No. 249 (Adj. Sess.), 48, eff. April 9, 1974.)

 

Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 81: TRESPASS AND MALICIOUS INJURIES TO PROPERTY

13 V.S.A. 3763. -Exception

3763. -Exception

Section 3762 of this title shall not prevent a surgeon or physician from having in his possession a dead human subject for anatomical investigation and instruction of students, if such subject was obtained without violating the law of the state.

Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 81: TRESPASS AND MALICIOUS INJURIES TO PROPERTY

13 V.S.A. 3764. Cemeteries and monuments-Grave markers and historical tablets

3764. Cemeteries and monuments-Grave markers and historical tablets

A person shall not intentionally and without right or authority excavate, steal, remove, injure or destroy, or procure or cause to be excavated, stolen, removed, injured or destroyed, a gravestone or monument erected to the memory of a deceased person, or erected and intended for such use, or a grave, tomb or burial site, or portion thereof, in which the body or remains of a deceased person is interred, or which is intended for the interment of a deceased person, or a monument, tablet or marker erected for the commemoration of some historical event or place by a historical or patriotic association or society on land on which such association or society has a right to erect the same. (Amended 1989, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), 2.)

Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 81: TRESPASS AND MALICIOUS INJURIES TO PROPERTY

13 V.S.A. 3766. -Grave markers and ornaments

3766. -Grave markers and ornaments

(a) A person shall not steal, or cause to be stolen, or intentionally and without lawful authority remove, break down, injure or destroy, or cause to be removed, broken down, injured or destroyed, an ornament, token, flag holder or emblem used to decorate, mark or distinguish the grave or tomb of a deceased person.

(b) A person shall not buy, sell or barter, or cause to be bought, sold or bartered, an ornament, token, flag holder or emblem which has been used to decorate, mark or distinguish the grave or tomb of a deceased person. In a prosecution under this subsection, it shall be an affirmative defense, to be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, that the person did not gain possession of the ornament, token, flag holder or emblem by unlawful means.

(c) A person shall not steal or cause to be stolen, or intentionally and without lawful authority remove, break down, injure or destroy, or cause to be removed, broken down, injured or destroyed, flowers, trees or any other plant matter used to decorate, mark or distinguish any cemetery property, including the grave or tomb of a deceased person. (Amended 1989, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), 4; 2001, No. 99 (Adj. Sess.), 1, eff. May 8, 2002.)

Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 81: TRESPASS AND MALICIOUS INJURIES TO PROPERTY

13 V.S.A. 3767. -Penalties

 

3767. -Penalties

(a) A person who violates a provision of sections 3764-3766 of this title shall, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, be imprisoned not more than five years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.

(b) A person who violates subsection 3766(c) of this title shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $500.00, or both. (Amended 1971, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), 15; 1981, No. 223 (Adj. Sess.), 23; 1989, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), 5; 2001, No. 99 (Adj. Sess.), 2, eff. May 8, 2002.)