City of Florissant, MO
St. Louis County
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A. 
A person commits the offense of assault if:
1. 
The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury, physical pain or illness to another person;
2. 
With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to another person by means of a firearm;
3. 
The person purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury;
4. 
The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person;
5. 
The person knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical contact with a person with a disability, which a reasonable person, who does not have a disability, would consider offensive or provocative; or
6. 
The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
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Editor's Note: As to assault of certain other persons, see the definition of "special victim" as set out in Section 210.010 of this Chapter.
As used in this Sections 210.127 and 210.130, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABUSE
Includes but is not limited to the occurrence of any of the following acts, attempts or threats against a person who may be protected pursuant to this Chapter, except "abuse" shall not include abuse inflicted on a child by accidental means by an adult household member or discipline of a child, including spanking, in a reasonable manner:
1. 
Purposely or knowingly placing or attempting to place another in fear of physical harm.
2. 
Purposely or knowingly causing physical harm to another with or without a deadly weapon.
3. 
Compelling another by force or threat of force to engage in conduct from which the latter has a right to abstain or to abstain from conduct in which the person has a right to engage.
4. 
Engaging in a purposeful or knowing course of conduct involving more than one (1) incident that alarms or causes distress to an adult or child and serves no legitimate purpose. The course of conduct must be such as would cause a reasonable adult or child to suffer substantial emotional distress and must actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petitioner or child. Such conduct might include, but is not limited to:
a. 
Following another about in a public place or places;
b. 
Peering in the window or lingering outside the residence of another; but does not include constitutionally protected activity.
5. 
Causing or attempting to cause another to engage involuntarily in any sexual act by force, threat of force, duress, or without that person's consent,
6. 
Holding, confining, detaining or abducting another person against that person's will.
ADULT
Any person seventeen (17) years of age or older or otherwise emancipated.
CHILD
Any person under seventeen (17) years of age unless otherwise emancipated.
COURT
The Circuit or Associate Circuit Judge or a Family Court Commissioner.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Abuse or stalking committed by a family or household member, as such terms are defined in this Section.
EX PARTE ORDER OF PROTECTION
An order of protection issued by the Court before the respondent has received notice of the petition or an opportunity to be heard on it.
FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER
Spouses, former spouses, any person related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together or have resided together in the past, any person who is or has been in a continuing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim, and anyone who has a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.
FULL ORDER OF PROTECTION
An order of protection issued after a hearing on the record where the respondent has received notice of the proceedings and has had an opportunity to be heard.
ORDER OF PROTECTION
Either an ex parte order of protection or a full order of protection.
PENDING
Exists or for which a hearing date has been set.
PETITIONER
A family or household member who has been a victim of domestic violence, or any person who has been the victim of stalking or sexual assault, or a person filing on behalf of a child pursuant to Section 455.503, RSMo., who has filed a verified petition pursuant to the provisions of Section 455.020 or 455.505, RSMo.
RESPONDENT
The family or household member alleged to have committed an act of domestic violence, or person alleged to have committed an act of stalking or sexual assault, against whom a verified petition has been filed or a person served on behalf of a child pursuant to Section 455.503, RSMo.
SEXUAL ASSAULT
As defined under the definition of "abuse" in this Section.
STALKING
Is when any person purposely engages in an unwanted course of conduct that causes alarm to another person, or a person who resides together in the same household with the person seeking the order of protection when it is reasonable in that person's situation to have been alarmed by the conduct. As used in this definition:
1. 
Means to cause fear of danger of physical harm; and
2. 
Means a pattern of conduct composed of two (2) or more acts over a period of time, however short, that serves no legitimate purpose. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, following the other person or unwanted communication or unwanted contact.
A. 
When a Law Enforcement Officer has probable cause to believe a party has committed a violation of law amounting to domestic violence, as defined in Section 455.010, RSMo., against a family or household member, the officer may arrest the offending party whether or not the violation occurred in the presence of the arresting Officer. When the Officer declines to make arrest pursuant to this Subsection, the Officer shall make a written report of the incident completely describing the offending party, giving the victim's name, time, address, reason why no arrest was made and any other pertinent information. Any Law Enforcement Officer subsequently called to the same address within a twelve-hour period, who shall find probable cause to believe the same offender has again committed a violation as stated in this Subsection against the same or any other family or household member, shall arrest the offending party for this subsequent offense. The primary report of non-arrest in the preceding twelve-hour period may be considered as evidence of the defendant's intent in the violation for which arrest occurred. The refusal of the victim to sign an official complaint against the violator shall not prevent an arrest under this Subsection.
B. 
When a Law Enforcement Officer has probable cause to believe that a party, against whom a protective order has been entered and who has notice of such order entered, has committed an act of abuse in violation of such order, the Officer shall arrest the offending party-respondent whether or not the violation occurred in the presence of the arresting Officer. Refusal of the victim to sign an official complaint against the violator shall not prevent an arrest under this Subsection.
C. 
When an Officer makes an arrest, the officer is not required to arrest two (2) parties involved in an assault when both parties claim to have been assaulted. The arresting Officer shall attempt to identify and shall arrest the party the Officer believes is the primary physical aggressor. The term "primary physical aggressor" is defined as the most significant, rather than the first, aggressor.
1. 
The Law Enforcement Officer shall consider any or all of the following in determining the primary physical aggressor:
a. 
The intent of the law to protect victims from continuing domestic violence;
b. 
The comparative extent of injuries inflicted or serious threats creating fear of physical injury;
c. 
The history of domestic violence between the persons involved.
2. 
No Law Enforcement Officer investigating an incident of domestic violence shall threaten the arrest of all parties for the purpose of discouraging requests or law enforcement intervention by any party. Where complaints are received from two (2) or more opposing parties, the Officer shall evaluate each complaint separately to determine whether the Officer should seek a warrant for an arrest.
D. 
In an arrest in which a Law Enforcement Officer acted in good faith reliance on this Section, the arresting and assisting Law Enforcement Officers and their employing entities and superiors shall be immune from liability in any civil action alleging false arrest, false imprisonment or malicious prosecution.
E. 
When a person against whom an order of protection has been entered fails to surrender custody of minor children to the person to whom custody was awarded in an order of protection, the Law Enforcement Officer shall arrest the respondent, and shall turn the minor children over to the care and custody of the party to whom such care and custody was awarded.
F. 
The same procedures, including those designed to protect constitutional rights, shall be applied to the respondent as those applied to any individual detained in police custody.
G. 
A violation of the terms and conditions, with regard to domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, child custody, communication initiated by the respondent or entrance upon the premises of the petitioner's dwelling unit or place of employment or school, or being within a certain distance of the petitioner or a child of the petitioner, of an ex parte order of protection of which the respondent has notice, shall be a Class A misdemeanor unless the respondent has previously pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty in any Division of the Circuit Court of violating an ex parte order of protection or a full order of protection within five (5) years of the date of the subsequent violation, in which case the subsequent violation shall be a Class E felony. Evidence of prior pleas of guilty or findings of guilt shall be heard by the Court out of the presence of the jury prior to submission of the case to the jury. If the Court finds the existence of such prior pleas of guilty or finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the Court shall decide the extent or duration of sentence or other disposition and shall not instruct the jury as to the range of punishment or allow the jury to assess and declare the punishment as a part of its verdict.
H. 
A violation of the terms and conditions, with regard to domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, child custody, communication initiated by the respondent or entrance upon the premises of the petitioner's dwelling unit or place of employment or school, or being within a certain distance of the petitioner or a child of the petitioner, of a full order of protection shall be a Class A misdemeanor, unless the respondent has previously pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty in any Division of the Circuit Court of violating an ex parte order of protection or a full order of protection within five (5) years of the date of the subsequent violation, in which case the subsequent violation shall be a Class E felony. Evidence of prior pleas of guilty or findings of guilt shall be heard by the Court out of the presence of the jury prior to submission of the case to the jury. If the Court finds the existence of such prior plea of guilty or finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the Court shall decide the extent or duration of the sentence or other disposition and shall not instruct the jury as to the range of punishment or allow the jury to assess and declare the punishment as a part of its verdict. For the purposes of this Subsection, in addition to the notice provided by actual service of the order, a party is deemed to have notice of an order of protection if the Law Enforcement Officer responding to a call of a reported incident of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or violation of an order of protection presented a copy of the order of protection to the respondent.
I. 
Good faith attempts to effect a reconciliation of a marriage shall not be deemed tampering with a witness or victim tampering under Section 575.270, RSMo.
J. 
Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted as creating a private cause of action for damages to enforce the provisions set forth herein.
A. 
A person commits the offense of domestic assault if the act involves a domestic victim, as the term "domestic victim" is defined under Section 565.002, RSMo., and:
1. 
The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury, physical pain, or illness to such domestic victim;
2. 
With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to such domestic victim by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument;
3. 
The person purposely places such domestic victim in apprehension of immediate physical injury by any means;
4. 
The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to such domestic victim;
5. 
The person knowingly causes physical contact with such domestic victim knowing he or she will regard the contact as offensive; or
6. 
The person knowingly attempts to cause or causes the isolation of such domestic victim by unreasonably and substantially restricting or limiting his or her access to other persons, telecommunication devices or transportation for the purpose of isolation.
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Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
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Editor's Note: This Section previously pertained to assault of a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction zone or work zone, utility worker, cable worker, or probation and parole officer. However, the authorizing statute, former RSMo. §565.083, was repealed without replacement by SB 491 in the 2014 Legislative Session, effective 1-1-2017. See Section 210.120, Assault, as it relates to a "special victim."
A person commits the offense of harassment if he/she, without good cause, engages in any act with the purpose to cause emotional distress to another person.
A. 
Definitions. As used in this Section:
DISTURBS
Shall mean to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose and that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed.
B. 
A person commits the offense of stalking if he or she purposely, through his or her course of conduct, disturbs, or follows with the intent to disturb another person.
C. 
This Section shall not apply to activities of Federal, State, County, or Municipal Law Enforcement Officers conducting investigations of any violation of Federal, State, County, or Municipal Law.
D. 
Any Law Enforcement Officer may arrest, without a warrant, any person he or she has probable cause to believe has violated the provisions of this Section.
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Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
A person commits the offense of kidnapping if he or she knowingly restrains another unlawfully and without consent so as to interfere substantially with his or her liberty.
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Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
A. 
A person commits the offense of endangering the welfare of a child if he/she:
1. 
With criminal negligence acts in a manner that creates a substantial risk to the life, body or health of a child less than seventeen (17) years old; or
2. 
Knowingly encourages, aids or causes a child less than seventeen (17) years of age to engage in any conduct which causes or tends to cause the child to come within the provisions of Paragraph (d) of Subdivision (2) of Subsection (1) or Subdivision (3) of Subsection (1) of Section 211.031, RSMo.; or
3. 
Being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than seventeen (17) years of age, recklessly fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the care or control of such child to prevent him/her from coming within the provisions of Paragraph (c) of Subdivision (1) of Subsection (1) or Paragraph (d) of Subdivision (2) of Subsection (1) or Subdivision (3) of Subsection (1) of Section 211.031, RSMo.; or
4. 
Knowingly encourages, aids or causes a child less than seventeen (17) years of age to enter into any room, building or other structure which is a public nuisance as defined in Section 579.105, RSMo.
B. 
Nothing in this Section shall be construed to mean the welfare of a child is endangered for the sole reason that he/she is being provided non-medical remedial treatment recognized and permitted under the laws of this State.
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Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
A. 
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms mean:
COLLISION
The act of a motor vehicle coming into contact with an object or a person.
INJURES
To cause physical harm to the body of a person.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any automobile, truck, truck-tractor, or any motor bus or motor-propelled vehicle not exclusively operated or driven on fixed rails or tracks.
UNATTENDED
Not accompanied by an individual fourteen (14) years of age or older.
B. 
A person commits the offense of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle if such person knowingly leaves a child less than eleven (11) years of age unattended in a motor vehicle and such child injures another person by causing a motor vehicle collision or by causing the motor vehicle to injure a pedestrian.
C. 
The offense of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle is an ordinance violation.
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Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.