Chapter 16 OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS*
Section 16-155 Claim of right.
(a) A person does not commit an offense of damaging, tampering
with, operating, riding in or
upon, or making connection with property of another if he does so under a claim of right and has
reasonable grounds to believe he has such right.
(b) The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the
issue of claim of right; provided,
however, that this defense shall not be available to a tenant in any prosecution involving property
damage to a premises leased or rented by that tenant from another.
(Code 1964, § 7.790)
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 569.130.