If you have been accused of theft or a property crime such as arson, burglary, trespassing, or vandalism, you could incur severe penalties and you may face felony charges. Being convicted can also negatively impact your future opportunities and put a strain on your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.
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Understanding Property Crime and Theft Laws in Missouri
Property theft in Missouri is defined as appropriating someone else’s property without that person’s knowledge or consent. Other property crimes include:
- Vandalism, which consists of damaging or destroying someone else’s property
- Arson, or damaging any building, dwelling, or property by means of fire or explosion
- Trespassing, illegally entering someone else’s property or staying there without permission
- Burglary, or knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in a building for the purpose of committing a crime
In Missouri, these crimes are divided into different classes — A, B, C, D, and E — depending on the value of the property stolen, damaged, or destroyed and whether the accused also carries a weapon or threatens or injures others. Possible prison terms range from a maximum of four years for Class E felonies and up to 30 years for Class A felonies. Class A misdemeanors can cost you up to $2,000 in fines and a year in prison. Class D misdemeanors warrant a fine of up to $500.
Trespassing in the first degree, a Class B misdemeanor, brings up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine. Trespassing in the second degree can lead to a $200 fine.