MISSOURI CRIMINAL CODE
OTHER STATUTES AND RESOURCES
U.S. CODES, REGULATIONS AND ACTS
AUTHORITY FOR COMPLIANCETHIS IS NOT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE LIST
AUTHORITY FOR INVESTIGATIONS
RSMo §575.030. Hindering prosecution
A person commits the offense of hindering prosecution if, for the purpose of preventing the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another person for conduct constituting an offense, he or she:
(1) Harbors or conceals such person; or
(2) Warns such person of impending discovery or apprehension, except this does not apply to a warning given in connection with an effort to bring another into compliance with the law; or
(3) Provides such person with money, transportation, weapon, disguise or other means to aid him in avoiding discovery or apprehension; or
(4) Prevents or obstructs, by means of force, deception or intimidation, anyone from performing an act that might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person.
AUTHORITY FOR TRAFFIC
RSMo §300.080. Obedience to police and fire department officials.
No person shall knowingly fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of a police officer or fire department official.
AUTHORITY FOR CONSERVATION
RSMo §578.153. Peace officer's and conservation agent's powers to enforce — failure to obey peace officer or conservation agent.
A peace officer as defined by chapter §590 who reasonably believes that a person has violated section §578.151 or §578.152 may order the person to desist. The offense of failure to obey the order of a peace officer to desist from conduct in violation of sections §578.151 and §578.152 is a class A misdemeanor.
Any law enforcement officer shall and any agent of the conservation commission may enforce the provisions of sections §578.151, §578.152 and this section and arrest violators of such sections.
The conduct declared unlawful by sections §578.151 and §578.152 shall not include any lawful activity by the landowner or persons in lawful possession of the land.
AUTHORITY FOR PUBLIC ORDER
RSMo §574.060. Refusal to disperse.
A person commits the offense of refusal to disperse if, being present at the scene of an unlawful assembly, or at the scene of a riot, he or she knowingly fails or refuses to obey the lawful command of a law enforcement officer to depart from the scene of such unlawful assembly or riot.
AUTHORITY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
RSMo §192.020. To safeguard the health of the people of Missouri — certain diseases to be included on communicable or infectious disease list.
It shall be the general duty and responsibility of the department of health and senior services to safeguard the health of the people in the state and all its subdivisions. It shall make a study of the causes and prevention of diseases. It shall designate those diseases which are infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous in their nature and shall make and enforce adequate orders, findings, rules and regulations to prevent the spread of such diseases and to determine the prevalence of such diseases within the state. It shall have power and authority, with approval of the director of the department, to make such orders, findings, rules and regulations as will prevent the entrance of infectious, contagious and communicable diseases into the state.
The department of health and senior services shall include in its list of communicable or infectious diseases which must be reported to the department methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) as specified by the department, and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE).
AUTHORITY FOR LEGAL PROCESS
RSMo §575.160. Interference with legal process.
A person commits the offense of interference with legal process if, knowing another person is authorized by law to serve process, he or she interferes with or obstructs such person for the purpose of preventing such person from effecting the service of any process.
"Process" includes any writ, summons, subpoena, warrant other than an arrest warrant, or other process or order of a court.
AUTHORITY FOR CHILD CUSTODY ORDER
RSMo §452.425. Sheriff or law enforcement to enforce custody and visitation orders, when — limitations.
Any court order for the custody of, or visitation with, a child may include a provision that the sheriff or other law enforcement officer shall enforce the rights of any person to custody or visitation unless the court issues a subsequent order pursuant to chapter* §210, §211, §452 or §455 to limit or deny the custody of, or visitations with, the child.
Such sheriff or law enforcement officer shall not remove a child from a person who has actual physical custody of the child unless such sheriff or officer is shown a court order or judgment which clearly and convincingly verifies that such person is not entitled to the actual physical custody of the child, and there are not other exigent circumstances that would give the sheriff or officer reasonable suspicion to believe that the child would be harmed or that the court order presented to the sheriff or officer may not be valid.
FAILURE TO COMPLY
RSMo §575.150. Resisting or interfering with arrest — penalties.
1. A person commits the offense of resisting or interfering with arrest, detention, or stop if he or she knows or reasonably should know that a law enforcement officer is making an arrest or attempting to lawfully detain or stop an individual or vehicle, and for the purpose of preventing the officer from effecting the arrest, stop or detention, he or she:
(1) Resists the arrest, stop or detention of such person by using or threatening the use of violence or physical force or by fleeing from such officer; or
(2) Interferes with the arrest, stop or detention of another person by using or threatening the use of violence, physical force or physical interference.
2. This section applies to:
(1) Arrests, stops, or detentions, with or without warrants;
(2) Arrests, stops, or detentions, for any offense, infraction, or ordinance violation; and
(3) Arrests for warrants issued by a court or a probation and parole officer.
3. A person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she continues to operate a motor vehicle after he or she has seen or should have seen clearly visible emergency lights or has heard or should have heard an audible signal emanating from the law enforcement vehicle pursuing him or her.
4. It is no defense to a prosecution pursuant to subsection 1 of this section that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest. However, nothing in this section shall be construed to bar civil suits for unlawful arrest.
5. The offense of resisting or interfering with an arrest is a class E felony for an arrest for a:
(2) Warrant issued for failure to appear on a felony case; or
(3) Warrant issued for a probation violation on a felony case.
The offense of resisting an arrest, detention or stop in violation of subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection 1 of this section is a class A misdemeanor, unless the person fleeing creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death to any person, in which case it is a class E felony.
RSMo §576.030. Obstructing government operations — penalty.
1. A person commits the offense of obstructing government operations if he or she purposely obstructs, impairs, hinders or perverts the performance of a governmental function by the use or threat of violence, force, or other physical interference or obstacle.
RSMo §544.190. Rights of officer in making arrests.
If, after notice of the intention to arrest the defendant, he either flee or forcibly resist, the officer may use all necessary means to effect the arrest.