2013 Montana Code Annotated
Title 45. CRIMES
CHAPTER 6. OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY
Part 1. Criminal Mischief and Arson
45-6-104. Desecration of capitol, place of worship, cemetery, or public memorial.


MT Code § 45-6-104 (2013) What's This?

45-6-104. Desecration of capitol, place of worship, cemetery, or public memorial. (1) In this section, "capitol" means the Montana state capitol building and any permanent monuments on the capitol grounds. (2) A person commits the offense of desecration if the person purposely: (a) defiles or defaces the capitol or a place of worship, cemetery, or public memorial; (b) places on or attaches to the capitol or a place of worship, cemetery, or public memorial any mark, design, or material not properly a part of the capitol, place of worship, cemetery, or public memorial; or (c) injures, damages, or destroys any portion of the capitol or of a place of worship, cemetery, or public memorial. (3) A person convicted of the offense of desecration shall be: (a) incarcerated for any term not to exceed 6 months or be fined an amount not to exceed $500, or both, if the damage does not exceed $1,500; or (b) imprisoned in the state prison for any term not to exceed 10 years or be fined an amount not to exceed $50,000, or both, if there is $1,500 or more of damage. (4) With regard to the capitol, this section does not apply to displays or actions authorized by the department of administration.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 533, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 141, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 473, L. 2009.

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