Section 16-18 Classification of offenses.


    (a) An offense defined by this article for which a sentence of imprisonment is authorized, shall constitute a "misdemeanor."

    (b) An offense defined by this article constitutes an "infraction" if it is so designated or if no other sentence than a fine or fine and forfeiture or other civil penalty is authorized upon conviction.

    (c) An infraction does not constitute a crime and conviction of an infraction shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a crime.

(Code 1964, § 7.410)

     Cross reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. §§ 556.016, 556.021.