Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 574
Offenses Against Public Order
Section 574.085

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Institutional vandalism--penalty.

574.085. 1. A person commits the offense of institutional vandalism if he or she knowingly vandalizes, defaces, or otherwise damages:

(1) Any church, synagogue or other building, structure or place used for religious worship or other religious purpose;

(2) Any cemetery, mortuary, military monument or other facility used for the purpose of burial or memorializing the dead;

(3) Any school, educational facility, community center, hospital or medical clinic owned and operated by a religious or sectarian group;

(4) The grounds adjacent to, and owned or rented by, any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in subdivision (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection;

(5) Any personal property contained in any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in subdivision (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection; or

(6) Any motor vehicle which is owned, operated, leased or under contract by a school district or a private school for the transportation of school children.

2. The offense of institutional vandalism is a class A misdemeanor, unless the value of the property damage is seven hundred fifty dollars or more, in which case the offense is a class E felony; or the value of the property damage is more than five thousand dollars, in which case the offense is a class D felony.

3. In determining the amount of damage to property, for purposes of this section, damage includes the cost of repair or, where necessary, replacement of the property that was damaged.

(L. 1988 S.B. 678 § 1, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1086 merged with H.B. 1301 & 1298, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

CROSS REFERENCE:

Civil action for damages or injunction, attorney's fees and costs may be awarded prevailing plaintiff, 537.523

Until December 31, 2016--Institutional vandalism.

574.085. 1. A person commits the crime of institutional vandalism by knowingly vandalizing, defacing or otherwise damaging:

(1) Any church, synagogue or other building, structure or place used for religious worship or other religious purpose;

(2) Any cemetery, mortuary, military monument or other facility used for the purpose of burial or memorializing the dead;

(3) Any school, educational facility, community center, hospital or medical clinic owned and operated by a religious or sectarian group;

(4) The grounds adjacent to, and owned or rented by, any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in subdivision (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection;

(5) Any personal property contained in any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in subdivision (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection; or

(6) Any motor vehicle which is owned, operated, leased or under contract by a school district or a private school for the transportation of school children.

2. Institutional vandalism is punishable as follows:

(1) Institutional vandalism is a class A misdemeanor, except as provided in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection;

(2) Institutional vandalism is a class D felony if the offender commits any act described in subsection 1 of this section which causes damage to, or loss of, the property of another in an amount in excess of one thousand dollars;

(3) Institutional vandalism is a class C felony if the offender commits any act described in subsection 1 of this section which causes damage to, or loss of, the property of another in an amount in excess of five thousand dollars.

3. In determining the amount of damage to property or loss of property, for purposes of this section, damage includes the cost of repair or, where necessary, replacement of the property that was damaged or lost.

(L. 1988 S.B. 678 § 1, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1086 merged with H.B. 1301 & 1298)

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

CROSS REFERENCE:

Civil action for damages or injunction, attorney's fees and costs may be awarded prevailing plaintiff, 537.523


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