SB 0223 Clarifies procedure for court instructions regarding lesser included offenses
LR Number:0811S.01T Fiscal Note:0811-01
Committee:Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:07/06/01 - Signed by Governor Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 223 - This act clarifies that a criminal offense is charged when: 1) It is in an indictment or information; or 2) It is a lesser included offense. The act also codifies Missouri Supreme Court notes on use for criminal jury instructions, by requiring a court to instruct the jury with respect to a lesser included offense only if there is a basis for acquitting the defendant of the higher charge and convicting him of the included offense.

The act is identical to SB 1038 (2000).