Missouri Disorderly Conduct Laws

Missouri law has an entire section for disorderly conduct crimes under "Offenses Against Public Order." This chapter covers the Missouri public safety violations including the typical disturbing the peace and drinking in public forms of disorderly conduct as well as more specific laws on additional public safety issues such as rioting, refusing to disperse after a riot, and making terrorist threats. The Missouri disorderly conduct laws and their penalties are outlined in the table below.

Code Sections

Missouri law makes it illegal to:

  • 574.010 - Create a peace disturbance by alarming others with loud noises, noxious odors, offensive language, threatening, fighting, or obstructing car or pedestrian traffic or free movement to a public or private place
  • 574.020 - Create a peace disturbance on private property by threatening to commit a crime against someone or fighting
  • 574.035 - Disrupt a house of worship by interrupting worship by intentionally rude or indecent behavior or intentionally injuring or intimidating people from exercising their freedom of religion inside or outside a place of worship
  • 574.040 - Unlawfully assemble with 6+ people getting together to violate any Missouri or US crimes with force or violence
  • 574.050 - Riot or assemble with 6+ persons and agreeing to perpetrate any Missouri or US crimes and while still assembled perpetrating those crimes
  • 574.060 - Refuse to disperse or at scene of unlawful assembly or riot and refusing to obey law enforcement command to leave
  • 574.070 - Promote civil disorder by teaching others to use firearms or explosives with intent that the firearms or explosives are used to create a public disturbance with an act of violence
  • 574.075 - Drink alcohol in or enter a school, place of worship, or courthouse in a drunken or disorderly condition, also called public intoxication
  • 574.085 - Vandalize or deface a place of worship, cemetery, military monument, school, hospital, or community center or school bus
  • 574.115 - Communicate a "terrorist threat" to cause a dangerous condition, a knowingly false report of a dangerous condition, or causing a belief a dangerous condition exists with various levels of intent in causing an evacuation or quarantine (purposely, recklessly, and negligently)
Penalty Levels

Penalties vary depending on the defendant's conduct, the crime convicted of, and prior convictions:

  • Class C felony - promoting civil disorder in the first degree, institutional vandalism causing more than $5,000 damage, purposefully making terrorist threat
  • Class D felony - disrupting a house of worship if 3rd+ conviction, institutional vandalism causing more than $1,000 damage, recklessly making terrorist threat
  • Class A misdemeanor - peace disturbance if prior conviction, disrupting a house of worship if 2nd conviction, rioting, institutional vandalism causing less than $1,000 damage, negligently making terrorist threat, public intoxication
  • Class B misdemeanor - peace disturbance, disrupting a house of worship, unlawful assembly
  • Class C misdemeanor - private peace disturbance, refusal to disperse

Punishments for felonies and misdemeanors in Missouri vary by class. The felonies above are subject to the following penalties:

  • Class C felony - imprisonment for 7 years or less and/or a fine up to $5,000 or up to double the amount the defendant gained from the crime up to $20,000
  • Class D felony - imprisonment for 4 years or less and/or a fine up to $5,000 and/or a fine up to $5,000 or up to double the amount the defendant gained from the crime up to $20,000
  • Class A misdemeanor - jail for 1 year or less and up to a $1,000 fine, with 3rd+ peace disturbance conviction fine will be $1,000 to $5,000
  • Class B misdemeanor - jail for up to 6 months and up to a $500 fine
  • Class C misdemeanor - jail for up to 15 days and up to a $300 fine

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Missouri criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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