Can You Go To Jail For Disrespecting The Flag?

What is the punishment for disrespecting the American flag?

18 U.S.

Code § 700.

Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties.

Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both..

Is it against the law to disrespect the flag?

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing.

Can you legally burn the US flag?

The act is considered offensive by many, but flag burning is legal in the U.S. under Supreme Court rulings that it is constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment.

Is a torn flag disrespectful?

Every flag-waving American’s duty is to follow the Flag Code signed by President Roosevelt in 1942, decreeing that “no disrespect” be shown to the U.S. flag. That means replacing the symbol when it becomes torn and tattered, and discarding old flags with dignity, “preferably by burning.”