Missouri Criminal Code received an update on Jan. 1
On January 1, 2017, significant revisions took effect to update the majority of Missouri’s crime laws, known as the “Criminal Code.“ These criminal laws were updated as a whole during the 2014 session of the Missouri General Assembly but did not go into effect until January 1, 2017.
The revisions to the Missouri Criminal Code do not make significant changes to the offenses of domestic assault, sexual assault and stalking except for the addition of another level of felony and misdemeanor offenses—in keeping with the proposed new construction for all criminal offenses.
See the summary of these changes to Missouri’s criminal laws that most affect the domestic and sexual violence victims and advocates here: New 2017 Missouri Criminal Code.
The delayed effective date of the changes to criminal laws was to allow time for any errors to be corrected and for the criminal justice system to be fully prepared for the changes. The 2014 bill that revised the Criminal Code, Senate Bill 491, contained nearly 1,000 pages of revisions to laws to correct many internal conflicts, mistakes and inconsistencies that had occurred during the past three decades.
More details on the Criminal Code changes, and its effect on advocacy services, will be in the Fourth Edition of MCADSV’s And Justice for All court advocacy manual. Look for that updated publication later in 2017.
As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact MCADSV at (573) 634-4161.