2019 Missouri Revised Statutes
Title XXXVIII - Crimes and Punishment; Peace Officers and Public Defenders
Chapter 569 - Arson, Burglary, Trespass, and Related Offenses
Section 569.130 Claim of right.

Universal Citation: MO Rev Stat § 569.130 (2019)

Effective 28 Aug 2014

569.130. Claim of right. — 1. A person does not commit an offense by damaging, tampering with, operating, riding in or upon, or making connection with property of another if he or she does so under a claim of right and has reasonable grounds to believe he or she has such a right.

2. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of claim of right.

3. No person who, as a tenant, willfully or wantonly destroys, defaces, damages, impairs, or removes any part of a leased structure or dwelling unit, or the facilities, equipment, or appurtenances thereof, may inject the issue of claim of right.


(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1410 merged with S.B. 655)

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