CHAPTER 225: MISDEMEANORS
SECTION 225.010: ASSAULT
A. That a person commits common assault if he or she:
1. Attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury to another person; or
2. With criminal negligence causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon; or
3. Purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury; or
4. Recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death or serious physical injury to another
5. Knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the
contact as offensive or provocative.
B. Penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense.
(Ord. No. KK350 §§1─2, 10-13-87)
State Law Reference ─ For similar provisions, see RSMo. §565.070.
SECTION 225.020: BICYCLE REGULATIONS
A. That no person shall be permitted to push or ride a bicycle on the sidewalks or streets of Pennsylvania
Avenue in the area from Fifth Street to the Santa Fe railway tracks.
B. That any bicycles on the streets after the street lights are turned on in the evening, must be equipped
C. That any parent found guilty of permitting any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of
a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in an amount not less than one dollar ($1.00) nor
more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). (Ord. No. KK169 §§1─3, 7-7-70)
SECTION 225.030: CITY LAKE REGULATIONS
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to take fish out of the Lawson City Lake by means of hook, line, net,
gig or any other means without a State fishing permit. Then and only then may a person take fish from the
Lawson City Lake by means set forth by the Department of Conservation.
B. No person shall operate a motorboat in the Lawson City Lake by means of a gasoline powered motor.
Only electric motors are permitted.
C. Head and tail must remain attached to all black bass while on the area or until checked by an agent of
the Conservation Commission. Fishing is permitted from January first (1st) to December thirty-first (31st).
Pole and line fishing only, with not more than three (3) poles per person. Area closed from 10:00 P.M. to 4:00
A.M. daily except to persons actively pole or line fishing or camping in designated areas. Bullfrogs and green
frogs may be taken according to Statewide seasons and limits but only by pole and line, hand, handnet,
longbow or gig. Seining or trapping live bait is prohibited. Hunting or shooting, swimming, digging, fireworks
and unattended fires are not allowed. Fires are permitted within self-contained grills or fire pits in designated
areas. Furbearers may be trapped only under special permit. Horseback riding, cutting or removal of
vegetation (except mushrooms, edible wild greens and berries or other fruits) and the harvest of nuts is
prohibited except by special authorization. Picnicking is allowed. No littering is allowed.
D. It shall be unlawful for any motorized vehicle including all terrain vehicles, motorcycles or any vehicle
that is motorized to drive on any walking trail on City property. It will further be unlawful for any motorized
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vehicle, including all terrain vehicles, motorcycles or any vehicle that is motorized, to drive off any roadway on
any City park or City property.
E. Any person or persons violating the provisions of this Section shall be found guilty of a misdemeanor
and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more
than five hundred dollars ($500.00). (Ord. No. KK323 §§1─4, 1-13-86; Ord. No. KK582 §1, 4-15-96; Ord. No.
KK794 §1, 4-21-03)
SECTION 225.040: CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR
A. Any person seventeen (17) years of age or over who encourages, aids or causes a child sixteen (16)
years of age or younger to commit any act or engage in any conduct which would be injurious to his or her
morals or health or who causes the child to violate any of the ordinances of this City, shall be deemed guilty of
B. Any person twenty-one (21) years of age or over who aids, contributes or causes a person twenty (20)
years of age and younger to consume an alcohol beverage is deemed guilty of a misdemeanor in this Section.
C. Any person twenty-one (21) years of age or over who buys, sells, or gives a person twenty (20) years of
age and younger any intoxicating alcohol beverage is deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
D. Any person or persons found guilty of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall
be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and not more than two hundred dollars
($200.00). (Ord. No. KK326 §§1─4, 1-13-86)
SECTION 225.050: DISCHARGING FIREARMS
A. Any person or persons within the City or on City owned or controlled property, unless authorized to do
so, who shall fire off or discharge any rifle, shotgun, carbine, musket, pistol, revolver, or other firearms, spring
gun or air gun, are in violation of this Section.
B. Any person or persons within the City or on City owned or controlled property who shall throw any
pebble or other hard substance by hand, or by means of a sling, cross bow, India rubber band or bow, or by
any other means, are in violation of this Section.
C. Any person or persons who violates any provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. No. KK315 §§1─3, 8-12-85)
SECTION 225.060: DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND PEACE DISTURBANCE
A. Any person who, with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or to cause violence to persons or
property, or commits any of the following acts, shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly
1. Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another, whereby any person is placed in fear of safety of
his life, limb or health.
2. Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another, whereby property of any person is placed in
danger of being destroyed or damaged.
3. Endangers lawful pursuits of another by acts of violence, angry threats and abusive conduct.
4. Causes, provokes or engages in any fight, brawl or riotous conduct, so as to endanger the life, limb,
health or property of another.
5. Assembles or congregates with another or others for the purpose of causing, provoking, or engaging in
any fight or brawl.
6. Jostles, or roughly crowds or pushes any person in any public place.
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7. Frequents any public place with intent to obtain money from another by an illegal and fraudulent
scheme, trick, artifice or device.
8. Assembles with another or others for the purpose of engaging in any fraudulent scheme, device or trick
to obtain any valuable thing in any place or from any person in the City, or to aid or abet therein.
9. Any male person that accosts or attempts to force his company upon any female or attempts to pick up
10. Uses fighting words directed toward another who becomes outraged, and thus creates turmoil.
11. Assembles or congregates with another or others for the purpose of doing bodily harm to another.
12. Any person, by acts of violence, interferes with another's pursuit of a lawful occupation.
13. Congregates with another or others in or on any public way so as to halt the flow of vehicular or
pedestrian traffic and refuses to clear such public way when warned by a Peace Officer or other lawful
14. Congregates with others on a public street and refuses to move on when ordered by the Police.
15. By his actions, causes a crowd to collect, except when lawfully addressing such crowd.
16. Stations himself on the public streets or follows pedestrians for the purpose of soliciting charity or
who solicits charity on the public streets unlawfully.
17. Stands on sidewalks or street corners and makes insulting remarks to or about passing pedestrians
or annoys such pedestrians.
18. Wanders, prowls or loiters, upon the private property of another in the nighttime and peeks or peers in
the door or window of any building or structure located thereon which is inhabited by human beings, without
any visible or lawful business with the owners or occupants thereof.
B. Any person in violation of Subsection (A) of this Section, will be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and
will be subject to penalty as set forth by the Municipal Court of the City of Lawson.
SECTION 225.070: OFFENSES AFFECTING CITY PROPERTY
A. Any person who shall throw, place or carelessly let fall any glass, bottle, can or other trashy object on
any Lawson City property including the City Lake, City Parks, parking lots, and streets within the City limits of
Lawson and Lawson City property outside the City limits shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon
conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
B. It shall be the duty of the Lawson Police of the City of Lawson to examine the City Park areas several
times each day and night to ascertain the condition of the Park areas as mentioned above. If the Park area
has broken glass, cans and trash not placed in the containers provided, the area will be declared detrimental
to the health of people and shall be declared off-limits to all persons until the park areas are cleaned of all the
above mentioned solid waste.
C. All persons, after being informed by the Police that the area is off-limits, shall leave the area. Any
person or persons not leaving the area as directed by the Lawson Police shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars
($100.00). (Ord. No. KK265 §§1─3, 3-9-81)
SECTION 225.080: UNLAWFUL USE OF WEAPONS─EXCEPTIONS─PENALTIES
A. A person commits the crime of unlawful use of weapons if he knowingly:
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1. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife, a firearm, a blackjack or any other weapon readily
capable of lethal use; or
2. Sets a spring gun; or
3. Discharges or shoots a firearm into a dwelling house, a railroad train, boat, aircraft, or motor vehicle as
defined in Section 302.010, RSMo., or any building or structure used for the assembling of people; or
4. Exhibits, in the presence of one (1) or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an
angry or threatening manner; or
5. Possesses or discharges a firearm or projectile weapon while intoxicated; or
6. Discharges a firearm within one hundred (100) yards of any occupied school house, courthouse, or
church building; or
7. Discharges or shoots a firearm at a mark, at any object or at random, on, along or across a public
highway or discharges or shoots a firearm into any outbuilding; or
8. Carries a firearm or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use into any church or place where
people have assembled for worship, or into any school, or into any election precinct on any election day, or
into any building owned or occupied by any agency of the Federal Government, State Government, or political
subdivision thereof, or into any public assemblage of persons met for any lawful purpose.
B. Subdivisions (1, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8) of Subsection (A) of this Section shall not apply to or affect any of the
1. All State, County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers possessing the duty and power of arrest for
violation of the general criminal laws of the State or for violation of ordinances of counties or municipalities of
the State, or any person summoned by such officers to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while
actually engaged in assisting such officer;
2. Wardens, superintendents and keepers of prisons, penitentiaries, jails and other institutions for the
detention of persons accused or convicted of crime;
3. Members of the Armed Forces or National Guard while performing their official duty;
4. Those persons vested by Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution of Missouri with the judicial power of the
5. Any person whose bona fide duty is to execute process, civil or criminal.
C. Subdivisions (1, 5 and 8) of subsection (A) of this Section do not apply when the actor is transporting
such weapons in a non-functioning state or in an unloaded state when ammunition is not readily accessible
or when such weapons are not readily accessible. Subdivision (1) of Subsection (A) of this Section does not
apply when the actor is also in possession of an exposed firearm or projectile weapons for the lawful pursuit
of game, or is in his dwelling unit or upon business premises over which the actor has possession, authority
or control, or is traveling in a continuous journey peaceably through this State. (RSMo. §571.030)
SECTION 225.090: BASEMENT HOMES, ETC. NOT ALLOWED
A. All basements houses, mobile homes and unfinished building structures or other temporary housing
units are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and dangerous and detrimental to the public health and
welfare, and shall not be erected, placed or stored in any area of the City zoned for residential purposes.
B. A violation of the rules and regulations of this Section shall be deemed a misdemeanor. (Ord. No.
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SECTION 225.100: DISTURBING A JUDICIAL PROCEEDING
A person commits the crime of disturbing a judicial proceeding if, with purpose to intimidate a judge, attorney,
juror, party or witness, and thereby to influence a judicial proceeding, he disrupts or disturbs a judicial
proceeding by participating in an assembly and calling aloud, shouting, or holding or displaying a placard or
sign containing written or printed matter, concerning the conduct of the judicial proceeding, or the character of
the judge, attorney, juror, party or witness engaged in such proceeding, or calling for or demanding any
specified action or determination by such judge, attorney, juror, party or witness in connection with such
SECTION 225.110: UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY
A person commits the crime of unlawful assembly if he knowingly assembles with six (6) or more other
persons and agrees with such persons to violate any of the criminal laws of this State, the United States, or
ordinances of the City of Lawson, Missouri, with force or violence.
SECTION 225.120: REFUSAL TO DISPERSE
A person commits the crime of refusal to disperse if, being present at the scene of an unlawful assembly, or
at the scene of a riot, he knowingly fails or refuses to obey the lawful command of a Law Enforcement Officer
to depart from the scene of such unlawful assembly or riot.
SECTION 225.130: SOUND AMPLIFYING EQUIPMENT PROHIBITED
A. No person shall use, or cause to be used, sound amplifying equipment or other machine or device
used for the amplification of the human voice, music or any other sound for the purpose of casting human
voices, music, or other sounds upon the public streets of the City of Lawson, Missouri.
B. Sound amplifying equipment as set out in Subsection (A) shall not be construed as including standard
automobile radios when used and heard only by the occupants of the vehicle or building in which they are
installed. Warning devices on vehicles or buildings used only for traffic safety police or security purposes
shall not be included in the definition of sound amplifying equipment.
C. Persons or groups desiring to use such devices set out in Subsection (A) above for noncommercial
use may file a request for the issuance of a permit with the City Administrator. Such request shall include the
name and address of applicant, time, date, and place for use of the sound amplifying equipment, the purpose
for which such use is intended, and the approximate maximum distance such equipment is possible of
projecting the amplified sound. When any person is using such devices pursuant to and in accordance with
the terms of such permit granted by the City Administrator, he shall not be deemed in violation of Subsection
SECTION 225.140: VULGAR LANGUAGE
It shall be unlawful for any person to use lewd, obscene, profane, or vulgar language while on any public
street or public property or while at any place of business open to public patronage, including, but not limited
to, restaurants and other businesses which serve food or beverage, pool halls, dancing halls, public parks,
car washes, parking lots and the like.
SECTION 225.150: URINATING IN PUBLIC
It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to urinate in or upon any street, park, any public place open to
the public or private place open to public view other than in the restroom facilities provided for such activity.
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SECTION 225.160: HARASSMENT
It is unlawful for any person, for the purpose of frightening or disturbing another person:
1. To communicate in writing or by telephone, a threat to commit an offense against persons upon the
person written to or telephoned under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to conclude that
the offense against persons was imminent and likely; or
2. To make a telephone call or to communicate in writing, using any coarse language offensive to one of
average sensibility; or
3. To make a telephone call anonymously; or
4. To make repeated telephone calls to another.
SECTION 225.170: CONSPIRACY
A. Attempt to Commit an Offense.
A.1. A person is guilty of attempt to commit an offense when, with the purpose of committing the offense,
he does any act which is a substantial step towards the commission of the offense. A "substantial step" is
conduct which is strongly corroborative of the firmness of the actor's purpose to complete the commission of
A.2. It is no defense to a prosecution under this Section that the offense attempted was, under the actual
attendant circumstances, factually or legally impossible of commission, if such offense could have been
committed had the attendant circumstances been as the actor believed them to be.
B.1. A person is guilty of conspiracy with another person or persons to commit an offense if, with the
purpose of promoting or facilitating its commission he agrees with such other person or persons that they or
one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes such offense.
B.2. If a person guilty of conspiracy knows that a person with whom he conspires to commit an offense
has conspired with another person or persons to commit the same offense, he is guilty of conspiring with
such other person or persons to commit such offense, whether or not he knows their identity.
B.3. If a person conspires to commit a number of offenses, he is guilty of only one (1) conspiracy so long
as such multiple offenses are the object of the same agreement.
B.4. No person may be convicted of conspiracy to commit an offense unless an overt act in pursuance of
such conspiracy is alleged and proved to have been done by him or by a person with whom he conspired.
B.5.a. No one shall be convicted of conspiracy if, after conspiring to commit the offense, he prevented the
accomplishment of the objectives of the conspiracy under circumstances manifesting a renunciation of his
B.5.b. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of renunciation of criminal purpose
under Subdivision (a) of this Subsection.
B.6. For the purpose of time limitations of prosecutions:
B.6.a. Conspiracy is a continuing course of conduct which terminates when the offense or offenses which
are its object are committed or the agreement that they be committed is abandoned by the defendant and by
those with whom he conspired.
B.6.b. If an individual abandons the agreement, the conspiracy is terminated as to him only if he advises
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those with whom he has conspired of his abandonment or he informs the law enforcement authorities of the
existence of the conspiracy and his participation in it.
B.7. A person may not be charged, convicted or sentences on the basis of the same course of conduct of
both the actual commission of an offense and a conspiracy to commit that offense. (RSMo. §§564.011,
SECTION 225.180: FALSE REPORTS
A. A person commits the crime of making a false report if he knowingly:
1. Gives false information to a Law Enforcement Officer for the purpose of implicating another person in a
2. Makes a false report to a Law Enforcement Officer that a crime has occurred or is about to occur; or
3. Makes a false report or causes a false report to be made to a Law Enforcement Officer, security officer,
Fire Department or other organization, official or volunteer, which deals with emergencies involving danger to
life or property, that a fire or other incident calling for an emergency response has occurred.
B. It is a defense to a prosecution under Subsection (A) that the actor retracted the false statement or
report before the Law Enforcement Officer or any other person took substantial action in reliance thereon.
SECTION 225.190: FALSE IMPERSONATION
A. A person commits the crime of false impersonation if he:
1. Falsely represents himself to be a public servant with purpose to induce another to submit to his
pretended official authority or to rely upon his pretended official acts, and
a. Performs an act in that pretended capacity; or
b. Causes another to act in reliance upon his pretended official authority; or
2. Falsely represents himself to be a person licensed to practice or engage in any profession for which a
license is required by the laws of the State of Missouri with purpose to induce another person to rely upon
such representation, and
a. Performs an act in that pretended capacity; or
b. Causes another to actin reliance upon such representation.
B. No person may wear or otherwise display upon his or her person any uniform, insignia, or other device
or parts thereof which indicates or tends to indicate that the wearer is a Law Enforcement Officer, possesses
an official capacity, or is licensed to practice a particular profession when he, in fact, is not so licensed nor
possesses such an official authority.
C. Upon arrest for a violation of Subsection (B), all uniforms or parts thereof, insignia, badges, or other
identification shall be retained by the Police Department pending trial of said violation and upon conviction
after the time for appeal therefrom has passed, said articles shall be destroyed in the presence of the
Presiding Judge of the Missouri Court by the Police Department so as to prevent their future wrongful and
SECTION 225.200: DRINKING IN PUBLIC
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to drink or encourage another to drink or open any container or any
original package containing intoxicating liquor, malt liquor or non-intoxicating beer in or upon any public
streets, alleys, sidewalks, parks or public thoroughfares of the City or in any railway station, bus station,
theater, picture show house, bus, taxi or other public conveyance or any public school building or church.
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this Section applies, it shall be considered evidence of drinking for a person to have in his possession an
open bottle, can or other open container or intoxicating liquor, malt liquor or non-intoxicating beer.
B. For purposes of this Section, the following definitions shall apply:
INTOXICATING LIQUOR: Alcoholic spirituous, vinous, fermented, malt or other liquors or combinations of
liquor, a part of which is spirituous, vinous or fermented, and all preparation or mixtures for beverage
purposes containing in excess of one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume.
MALT LIQUOR: That intoxicating liquor manufactured from pure hops or pure extract of hops or pure barley
malt or wholesome grains or cereals and wholesome yeast and pure water containing in excess of one-half
of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume and commonly and called and known as beer.
NON-INTOXICATING BEER: Any malt beverage containing less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol
ORIGINAL PACKAGE: At least one (1) container of not less than eight (8) ounces of any intoxicating liquor or
three (3) or more standard bottles, cans or containers of malt liquor or non-intoxicating beer. (Ord. No. KK439
SECTION 225.205: DETERMINATION OF VALUE
For the purposes of this Chapter, the value of property shall be ascertained as follows:
.1. Except as otherwise specified in this Section, "value" means the market value of the property at the
time and place of the crime or if such cannot be satisfactorily ascertained, the cost of replacement of the
property within a reasonable time after the crime;
.2. Whether or not they have been issued or delivered, certain written instruments, not including those
having a readily ascertainable market value such as some public and corporate bonds and securities, shall
be evaluated as follows:
.2.a. The value of an instrument constituting evidence of debt, such as a check, draft or promissory note,
shall be deemed the amount due or collectible thereon or thereby, such figure ordinarily being the face
amount of the indebtedness less any portion thereof which has been satisfied.
.2.b. The value of any other instrument which creates, releases, discharges or otherwise affects any
valuable legal right, privilege or obligation shall be deemed the greatest amount of economic loss which the
owner of the instrument might reasonably suffer by virtue of the loss of the instrument.
.3. When the value of property cannot be satisfactorily ascertained pursuant to the standards set forth in
Subsections (1) and (2) of this Section, its value shall be deemed to be an amount less than one hundred fifty
dollars ($150.00). (RSMo. §570.020; Ord. No. KK439 §2, 2-4-91)
SECTION 225.210: STEALING─PENALTIES
A. A person commits the crime of stealing if he appropriates property or services of another with the
purpose to deprive him thereof, either without his consent or by means of deceit or coercion.
B. Evidence of the following is admissible in any criminal prosecution under this Section on the issue of
the requisite knowledge or belief of the alleged stealer:
B.1. That he failed or refused to pay for property or services of a hotel, restaurant, inn or boarding house;
B.2. That he gave in payment for property or services of a hotel, restaurant, inn or boarding house a check
or negotiable paper on which payment was refused;
B.3. That he left the hotel, restaurant, inn or boarding house with the intent to not pay for property or
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B.4. That he surreptitiously removed or attempted to remove his baggage from a hotel, inn or boarding
house. (RSMo. §570.030; Ord. No. KK439 §3, 2-4-91)
SECTION 225.220: LOST PROPERTY
A. A person who appropriates lost property shall not be deemed to have stolen that property within the
meaning of Section 570.030, RSMo., unless such property is found under circumstances which gave the
finder knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner.
B. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of lost property. (RSMo. §570.060; Ord. No.
KK439 §4, 2-4-91)
SECTION 225.230: CLAIM OF RIGHT
A. A person does not commit an offense under Section 570.030, RSMo., if, at the time of the appropriation,
A.1. Acted in the honest belief that he had the right to do so; or
A.2. Acted in the honest belief that the owner, if present, would have consented to the appropriation.
B. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of claim or right. (RSMo. §570.070; Ord. No.
KK439 §5, 2-4-91)
SECTION 225.240: RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
A. A person commits the crime of receiving stolen property if, for the purpose of depriving the owner of a
lawful interest therein, he receives, retains or disposes of property of another knowing that it has been stolen
or believing that it has been stolen.
B. Evidence of the following is admissible in any criminal prosecution under this Section to prove the
requisite knowledge or belief of the alleged receiver:
B.1. That he was found in possession or control of other property stolen on separate occasions from two
(2) or more persons;
B.2. That he received other stolen property in another transaction within the year preceding the transaction
B.3. That he acquired the stolen property for a consideration which he knew was far below its reasonable
C. Receiving stolen property is a misdemeanor. (RSMo. §570.080; Ord. No. KK439 §6, 2-4-91)
SECTION 225.250: PENALTY
Any person convicted of violating any provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and
punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or
by imprisonment of not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. No. KK518
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