Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 556
Preliminary Provisions (Criminal Code)
Section 556.016

August 28, 2013


Classes of crimes.

556.016. 1. An offense defined by this code or by any other statute of this state, for which a sentence of death or imprisonment is authorized, constitutes a "crime". Crimes are classified as felonies and misdemeanors.

2. A crime is a "felony" if it is so designated or if persons convicted thereof may be sentenced to death or imprisonment for a term which is in excess of one year.

3. A crime is a "misdemeanor" if it is so designated or if persons convicted thereof may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of which the maximum is one year or less.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60)

Effective 1-1-79


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