By Dee Wampler

Crime on a bus is charged differently

A new 2017 law provides for a Class “B” felony of bus hijacking for the use of force or violence of any type on a bus.[1]

Any intimidation, threat, assault, or battery with the intent to commit a hi-jacking with the use of a deadly and dangerous weapon is a Class “A” felony and any passenger who boards a bus with a dangerous or deadly weapon concealed on your person is guilty of the felony of “possession and concealment of a deadly or dangerous weapon” on a bus and is a Class “D” felony.

Any obscene, profane, or vulgar language or threatening a breach of the peace is a misdemeanor and the driver may remove the passenger from the bus.  Failure to obey a reasonable request of a driver is a crime.  The driver is allowed to stop at the place where the offense is committed or the next regular or convenient stopping place and require the person to leave the bus.[2]

Removing baggage, cargo, or other items transported on a bus or stored in a bus terminal without the consent of the owner is a felony regardless of the value of the item removed.[3]

A security guard may detain a person within the bus terminal until law enforcement officers arrive.  The bus company is immune from civil or criminal liability for unlawful imprisonment or assault providing that they use only reasonable force to detain such a person.[4]


[1] RSMo. 577.703
[2] RSMo. 577.709
[3] RSMo. 577.718
[4] RSMo. 577.715


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At the Law Offices of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise, Dee Wampler draws from more than four decades of legal experience in defending clients accused of an array of crimes throughout southwestern Missouri, including Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City. As a Springfield native, Mr. Wampler understands the nuances of the Missouri court system, but he is an equally formidable criminal trial attorney in high-profile federal cases involving serious charges. His work has earned him recognition across the country and even internationally. Several nationally syndicated television shows, including “Saturday Night with Connie Chung,” “Inside Edition” and ABC’s “Primetime” have featured his cases, and Missouri Lawyers Weekly has showcased his work approximately 20 times.