Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 565
Offenses Against the Person
Section 565.002

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Definitions.

565.002. As used in this chapter, unless a different meaning is otherwise plainly required the following terms mean:

(1) "Adequate cause", cause that would reasonably produce a degree of passion in a person of ordinary temperament sufficient to substantially impair an ordinary person's capacity for self-control;

(2) "Child", a person under seventeen years of age;

(3) "Conduct", includes any act or omission;

(4) "Course of conduct", a pattern of conduct composed of two or more acts, which may include communication by any means, over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of course of conduct. Such constitutionally protected activity includes picketing or other organized protests;

(5) "Deliberation" means cool reflection for any length of time no matter how brief;

(6) "Domestic victim", a household or family member as the term "family" or "household member" is defined in section 455.010, including any child who is a member of the household or family;

(7) "Emotional distress", something markedly greater than the level of uneasiness, nervousness, unhappiness, or the like which are commonly experienced in day-to-day living;

(8) "Full or partial nudity", the showing of all or any part of the human genitals, pubic area, buttock, or any part of the nipple of the breast of any female person, with less than a fully opaque covering;

(9) "Legal custody", the right to the care, custody and control of a child;

(10) "Parent", either a biological parent or a parent by adoption;

(11) "Person having a right of custody", a parent or legal guardian of the child;

(12) "Photographs" or "films", the making of any photograph, motion picture film, videotape, or any other recording or transmission of the image of a person;

(13) "Place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy", any place where a reasonable person would believe that a person could disrobe in privacy, without being concerned that the person's undressing was being viewed, photographed or filmed by another;

(14) "Special victim", any of the following:

(a) A law enforcement officer assaulted in the performance of his or her official duties or as a direct result of such official duties;

(b) Emergency personnel, any paid or volunteer firefighter, emergency room or trauma center personnel, or emergency medical technician, assaulted in the performance of his or her official duties or as a direct result of such official duties;

(c) A probation and parole officer assaulted in the performance of his or her official duties or as a direct result of such official duties;

(d) An elderly person;

(e) A person with a disability;

(f) A vulnerable person;

(g) Any jailer or corrections officer of the state or one of its political subdivisions assaulted in the performance of his or her official duties or as a direct result of such official duties;

(h) A highway worker in a construction or work zone as the terms "highway worker", "construction zone", and "work zone" are defined under section 304.580;

(i) Any utility worker, meaning any employee of a utility that provides gas, heat, electricity, water, steam, telecommunications services, or sewer services, whether privately, municipally, or cooperatively owned, while in the performance of his or her job duties, including any person employed under a contract;

(j) Any cable worker, meaning any employee of a cable operator, as such term is defined in section 67.2677, including any person employed under contract, while in the performance of his or her job duties; and

(k) Any employee of a mass transit system, including any employee of public bus or light rail companies, while in the performance of his or her job duties;

(15) "Sudden passion", passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the victim or another acting with the victim which passion arises at the time of the offense and is not solely the result of former provocation;

(16) "Trier", the judge or jurors to whom issues of fact, guilt or innocence, or the assessment and declaration of punishment are submitted for decision;

(17) "Views", the looking upon of another person, with the unaided eye or with any device designed or intended to improve visual acuity, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person.

(L. 1983 S.B. 276, A.L. 1984 S.B. 448 § A, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1371)

Effective 1-01-17

Until December 31, 2016--Definitions.

565.002. As used in this chapter, unless a different meaning is otherwise plainly required:

(1) "Adequate cause" means cause that would reasonably produce a degree of passion in a person of ordinary temperament sufficient to substantially impair an ordinary person's capacity for self-control;

(2) "Conduct" includes any act or omission;

(3) "Deliberation" means cool reflection for any length of time no matter how brief;

(4) "Intoxicated condition" means under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or drug, or any combination thereof;

(5) "Operates" means physically driving or operating or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle;

(6) "Serious physical injury" means physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part of the body;

(7) "Sudden passion" means passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the victim or another acting with the victim which passion arises at the time of the offense and is not solely the result of former provocation;

(8) "Trier" means the judge or jurors to whom issues of fact, guilt or innocence, or the assessment and declaration of punishment are submitted for decision.

(L. 1983 S.B. 276, A.L. 1984 S.B. 448 § A)

Effective 10-01-84

*This section was amended by S.B. 491 and further amended by H.B. 1371, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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