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;
Terms Used In Missouri Laws 574.085
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
- Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt. See Missouri Laws 1.020
- Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
(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.