Criminal Law

HB 38 – Notification of escaped felons.
Requires certain administrative officials of jails or detention facilities to notify the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System within five hours of the escape of certain specified dangerous felons.

HB 41 – Amber and Silver Alerts. Expands the Amber Alert System to include missing endangered persons, specifies the criteria for being a missing endangered person, and changes the system’s name to the Amber Alert and Silver Alert System.

HB 51 – Surcharge in criminal cases. Authorizes a $2 surcharge to be collected in all criminal cases involving a state traffic law violation to be disbursed equally for law enforcement and fire safety training.


HB 53 / HB 177 / HB 207 / HB 406 / SB 16 – Restrictions on automated speed enforcement.  Imposes restrictions on automated speed enforcement.

HB 65 – Shock time for felony probationers. Requires the Department of Corrections to establish the Shock Time for Felony Probationers Program to give courts an alternative to imposing a sentence for nonviolent offenders who have violated their probation.  

HB 66 – Dual jurisdiction SIS. Allows the court to suspend imposition of an adult sentence in cases where there is dual jurisdiction and the offender has been transferred from juvenile court to a court of general jurisdiction.


HB 75 / HB 178 / HB 805 – Expungement of criminal records. Authorizes expungement of certain criminal records including convictions for nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors, municipal, or traffic offenses.

Support concept.

HB 93 / HB 317 / HB 337 / HB 869 / SB 11 – Text messaging while driving. Prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from text messaging while operating a moving motor vehicle on any highway in this state.

HB 118 – MULES data for orders of protection. (See Local Government / State Government / Election Law)

HB 154 – Sexual misconduct. Specifies that a prisoner who commits sexual misconduct in the second degree in the presence of a minor or a person working in a jail, prison, or correctional facility will be guilty of a class D felony.

HB 155 – Notification of death by felonious act. Requires a coroner to notify the appropriate prosecuting attorney instead of an associate circuit judge when he or she completes an inquisition regarding a death by a felonious act.

HB 159 / SB 387 – Electronic monitoring of nonviolent offenders. Allows for house arrest with electronic monitoring or shackling for certain nonviolent offenders.

Support concept of alternative sentencing.

HB 164 – Juvenile court jurisdiction. Lowers the age limit for juvenile court jurisdiction for state or local traffic violations from 15 1/2 to 15 years of age.

HB 176 – Caller identification spoofing. Creates the crime of caller identification spoofing when a person places a call having knowingly inserted false information into his or her caller identification system to mislead, defraud, or deceive.

HB 199 – Community service for repeat DWI offenders. Clarifies community service duration for repeat DWI offenders, specifying a minimum number of hours.

HCS HB 214  /  HB 433 /  SB 331  /  SB 394 – Human trafficking. Changes the laws regarding human trafficking.

HB 233  /  HB 274  /  HB 276  /  HB 365  /  HB 592  /  SB 91 – Funeral protests. Changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral.

HB 234 – Custody information in MULES. (See Family & Juvenile Law)

*HB 253 – First-offense misdemeanors and diversion programs. Authorizes a prosecuting attorney, upon agreement with an accused or defendant, to divert certain cases to a prosecution diversion program and changes the penalties for various first offense misdemeanors.

Drafted by the Missouri Bar Criminal Law Council

HB 254 – Payment of restitution and costs. Requires restitution to be paid through the office of the prosecuting or circuit attorney and authorizes certain administrative costs to be assessed and restitution to be taken from an inmate’s account.

HB 257 / SB 349 – Sentencing Advisory Commission. (See Judicial Administration)

HB 302 – Department of Corrections pilot program. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Corrections to establish, as a three-year pilot program, a mental health assessment process.

Support concept of alternative sentencing.

HB 309 – Law Enforcement Safety Fund. Creates the Law Enforcement Safety Fund and authorizes a $7 surcharge in certain criminal cases to fund a contribution system for certain law enforcement employees.


HB 384 / SB 250 – Required treatment for sexual offenders. Requires a person incarcerated for a sexual assault offense to successfully complete all treatment, education, and rehabilitation programs prior to being eligible for parole or conditional release.

HB 396 – Criminal case surcharges. Removes the provision specifying that the $4 surcharge assessed in certain criminal cases will not be collected from any person who has pled guilty and paid a fine through the central violations bureau.


HB 502 – Criminal nonsupport. Specifies that criminal nonsupport will be a class D felony if the total arrearage is in excess of $10,000 and allows a person to expunge a criminal nonsupport conviction if certain conditions are met.  

HB 504 – Domestic violence. Changes the laws regarding domestic violence and orders of protection; provides exclusive original jurisdiction in proceedings involving an order of protection where the respondent is under the age of 17; requires the court to transfer a case to a juvenile court for a hearing on a full order of protection; allows a court to include a provision in a full order of protection with a duration of one year that the order must automatically renew unless respondent requests a hearing; specifies that a court can examine the circumstances of a motion to dismiss an order of protection and may inquire of the petitioner or others in order to determine if the dismissal is voluntary; specifies classifications for violations of orders of protection; requires a municipal court to transfer a violation by previous violators to the circuit court; specifies classification for subsequent domestic assault charges.

Support concept.

HB 505 – Domestic violence. Changes the laws regarding domestic violence and orders of protection; specifically expands definitions of terms within domestic violence statutes; requires orders of protection in domestic violence cases to include restrictions on communication through any means; specifies classification of a crime of violation of an order of protection; requires the Division of Probation and Parole to establish and adopt a credentialing process for court-appointed batterer intervention programs.

Support concept of clarifying domestic violence statutes.

HB 512 – Unlawful interception of data. (See Technology & Computer Law)

HB 516 – Capitol punishment. Prohibits any state agent from seeking the death penalty on the basis of race and permits the use of statistical evidence in certain criminal and post-conviction relief proceedings in death penalty cases.

Support concept of racially neutral sentencing; oppose §§ 565.036.7 and .8 due to conflict with Article V, Section 5 of the Missouri Constitution; § 565.036.4 interferes with judicial discretion to determine relevance; § 565.036.6 interferes with efficient caseload administration.

HB 540 / HB 882 – Practicing medicine while intoxicated. Creates the crime of practicing medicine while intoxicated.

HB 551 / HB 572 / SB 354Bath salts. Adds bath salts to the list of Schedule I controlled substances.

HB 565 / SB 112 – Immunity for reporters of child abuse. (See Family & Juvenile Law)

HB 599 / HB 743 / SB 400 – Sexual contact with a student. Removes the requirement that the crime of sexual contact with a student be committed while on public school property.

HCS HB 600, 337 & 413 – Assault of a utility worker. Expands the crime of assault of a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction or work zone, or probation and parole officer to include a utility worker.

HB 650 – Probation and parole review of offenders. Requires the board of probation and parole to make periodic reviews of certain convicted offenders serving sentences of more than fifteen years or life without parole.

HB 652 – Assault of a health care worker. Expands the crime of assault of a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction or work zone, or probation and parole officer to include a health care worker.

HB 692 – Review of death penalty cases. (See Judicial Administration)

HB 693 – Receiving stolen property. Revises the punishment for the crime of receiving stolen property.

HB 698 – Medical marijuana. Changes the laws regarding the classification of marijuana as a controlled substance and allows its use for medicinal purposes under certain conditions.

HB 700 – Capitol punishment moratorium. Establishes a commission on the death penalty and places a moratorium on all executions until January 1, 2014.

HB 748 – Crime of failure to pay rent. (See Property Law)

HB 874 – Orders of protection. Changes the requirements for orders of protection involving persons less than seventeen years of age.

HB 883 – Crime scene photos. (See Media Law)

SB 89 – Abolishing the State Public Defender. Abolishes the state public defender system and requires circuit courts to provide legal defense for indigents.


SB 156 – SIS in statutory rape and sodomy cases. Provides that suspended sentences may not be granted in statutory rape and sodomy cases.


SB 227 – Admissibility of field tests for controlled substances. Makes the results of certain types of field tests for controlled substances admissible as evidence in certain preliminary hearings and applications for arrest warrants.

SB 261 – Criminal nonsupport. Removes the element of good cause from the crime of nonsupport.

SB 320 – Domestic violence. Modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. (See also HB 504 & 505)

SB 425 – Receiving stolen property. Adds provisions to the crime of receiving stolen property relating to offenses in which the value of property or services is an element of the crime.

Index of Bills by Subject Matter

  • CCS - Conference Committee Substitute
  • HB - House Bill
  • HCS - House Committee Substitute
  • HS - House Substitute
  • HJR - House Joint Resolution
  • SB - Senate Bill
  • SCS - Senate Committee Substitute
  • SS - Senate Substitute
  • SJR - Senate Joint Resolution
  • * - Missouri Bar Committee-Drafted Legislation

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