State of Mississippi

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Caregiver Neglect Laws

Abduction for purposes of marriage
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-1
False confinement; sending sane person to psychiatric hospital or institution
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-13
Kidnapping; punishment
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-53

Emotional/Psychological Laws

"Cyberstalking"; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-15
Extortion; definitions; offense and penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-82
Threats and intimidation; by letter or notice
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-85
Threats and intimidation; whitecapping
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-87
Stalking; aggravated stalking; penalties; definitions
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-107

Financial Exploitation Laws

Credit cards; signing with intent to defraud
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-19
Credit cards; use to obtain things of value or to operate automatic cash dispensing machines with intent to defraud; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-21
Credit cards; furnishing things of value on forged or unlawfully obtained card; failing to give value represented as given
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-23
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-1-1
Accessories before the fact
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-1-3
Accessories after the fact; punishment
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-1-5
Attempt to commit offense; punishment
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-1-7
Attempt to commit offense; no conviction if offense completed
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-1-9
Robbery; definition
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-73
Robbery; penalty
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-75
Robbery; threat to injure person or relative at another time
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-77
Robbery; use of deadly weapon
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-79
Robbery; threatening letter demanding money, property
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-81
Robbery; bonds, bills, notes, etc., cotton receipts and railroad tickets
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-83
Fraudulent statements and representations
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-7-10
Impersonating state, county or municipal officer or employee
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-7-43
Impersonation of state, county, municipal or other public officer or employee prohibited; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-7-44
Computer fraud; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-3
Offense against computer users; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-5
Identity theft
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-19
Burglary; breaking and entering inhabited dwelling; home invasion
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-23
Burglary; breaking out of dwelling
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-25
Burglary; breaking inner door of dwelling by one lawfully in house
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-29
Burglary; dwelling house defined
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-31
Burglary; possession of burglar's tools
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-35
Grand larceny; felonious taking of personal property; felonious taking of property of established place of worship; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-41
Larceny; taking possession of or taking away a motor vehicle; second or subsequent offense
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-42
Petit larceny defined; penalty
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-43
Larceny; stealing bond, note, bill, securities, etc.; proof of value
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-45
Receiving stolen property; dual charges of both stealing and receiving same property not to be brought against single defendant in same jurisdiction; penalties
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-70
Trespass; going upon inclosed land of another
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-85
Trespass; willful or malicious; penalty; enhanced penalties for willful trespass upon airport operations area
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-87
Trespass; going into or upon, or remaining in or upon, buildings, premises or lands of another after being forbidden to do so
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-97
Credit cards; definitions
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-9
Credit cards; procuring issuance by false statements
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-11
Credit cards; acquisition by theft or artifice; unlawful sales and purchases; receipt of cards issued in another's name
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-13
Credit cards; forgery
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-17
Identity theft; victim authorized to expunge record of false charges accrued on account of activities of the perpetrator
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-27
Identity theft; Attorney General authorized to issue "Identity Theft Passports" verifying that expunction order has been entered or police report has been filed; access to identity theft information
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-29
Using scanning device or reencoder to capture encoded information from magnetic strip on credit, debit or other payment card; definitions; penalty
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-31
Credit cards; possession of incomplete cards or plates and devices for their reproduction
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-25
Credit cards; use of credit numbers or other credit device to obtain credit, goods, property or services
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-31
False personation; personating another to receive money or property
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-35
Obtaining signature or thing of value with intent to defraud
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-39
Obtaining signature or thing of value with intent to defraud; penalty for using false negotiable instrument
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-41
Selling property previously sold or encumbered
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-51
Fraud by mail or other means of communication
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-83
Fraudulent use of identity, Social Security number, credit card or debit card number or other identifying information to obtain thing of value
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-85
Destruction, erasure, or obliteration of writing deemed forgery
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-21
Intent to defraud
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-27
Making and uttering instrument in own name under pretense that it is act of another of same name
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-29
Possession of counterfeit bank notes or other instrument with intention to utter
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-37
Unauthorized use or signing of another's name to telegram, petition or related communication
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-51
Uttering counterfeit instrument or coin
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-59
Will, deed, certificate of acknowledgment or proof of recordable instrument
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-21-63
Definitions - Computer Crimes and Identity Theft
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-1
Identity theft; definitions; investigative authority of Attorney General; form of subpoena; enforcement and penal provisions; refusal to produce documents as requested by subpoena; confidentiality of information
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-2
Investigations and prosecutions
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-23

Physical Abuse Laws

Homicide; justifiable homicide; use of defensive force; duty to retreat
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-15
Homicide; excusable homicide
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-17
Homicide; murder defined; first-degree murder; second-degree murder; capital murder; lesser-included offenses
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-19
Homicide; penalty for first- or second-degree murder or capital murder
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-21
Homicide; killing while committing felony
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-27
Homicide; killing while committing a misdemeanor
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-29
Homicide; killing unnecessarily, while resisting effort of slain to commit felony or do unlawful act
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-31
Homicide; killing without malice in the heat of passion
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-35
Homicide; drunken doctor, etc., unintentionally causing death
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-39
Homicide; owner of dangerous animal
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-45
Homicide; all other killings
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-47
Suicide; aiding
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-49
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-59
Poisoning with intent to kill or injure
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-61
Poisoning with intent to kill; where death does not ensue
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-63
Crimes of violence defined
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-2
Simple assault; aggravated assault; simple domestic violence; simple domestic violence third; aggravated domestic violence; aggravated domestic violence third
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-7

Sexual Abuse/Assault Laws

Sexual battery; penalty; criminal sexual assault protection order
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-101
Sexual battery; relationship with other criminal statutes
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-103
Human Trafficking Act; prohibited conduct; penalty
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-54.1
Rape; procedure for introducing evidence of sexual conduct of complaining witness; "complaining witness" defined
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-68
Rape; "chaste character" presumed; uncorroborated testimony of victim insufficient
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-69
Sexual battery
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-95
Sexual battery; definitions
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-97
Sexual battery; defense
Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-99



Miss. Code Ann. § 43-47-19

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to abuse, neglect or exploit any vulnerable person.
(a) Any person who willfully commits an act or willfully omits the performance of any duty, which act or omission contributes to, tends to contribute to, or results in neglect, physical pain, injury, mental anguish, unreasonable confinement or deprivation of services which are necessary to maintain the mental or physical health of a vulnerable person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed one (1) year in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Any accepted medical procedure performed in the usual scope of practice shall not be a violation of this subsection.
(b) Any person who willfully exploits a vulnerable person, where the value of the exploitation is less than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed one (1) year in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment; where the value of the exploitation is Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) or more, the person who exploits a vulnerable person shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than ten (10) years.
(3) Any person who willfully inflicts physical pain or injury upon a vulnerable person shall be guilty of felonious abuse or battery, or both, of a vulnerable person and, upon conviction thereof, may be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for not more than twenty (20) years.
(4) Any person who willfully inflicts severe mental anguish upon a vulnerable person shall be guilty of a felony and shall be sentenced to not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years in the custody of the Department of Corrections and shall be fined not less than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00).
(5) For any third or subsequent misdemeanor conviction of any person violating any part of this section, the offenses being committed within a period of five (5) years, such person shall be guilty of a felony and shall be sentenced to not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years in the custody of the Department of Corrections and shall be fined not less than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00).
(6) Nothing contained in this section shall prevent proceedings against a person under any statute of this state or municipal ordinance defining any act as a crime or misdemeanor.


Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-351

The penalty for any felony or misdemeanor which is a crime of violence or the crime of burglary or breaking and entering the dwelling of another shall be subject to enhancement as provided in Sections 99-19-351 through 99-19-357 if the felony or misdemeanor was committed against any victim who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older or who is disabled as described in 42 USCS 12102.

State Mandated Reporting


Miss. Code Ann. § 43-47-7

Who has to report?
Any person including, but not limited to a(n): attorney, physician, osteopathic physician, medical examiner, chiropractor or nurse engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of vulnerable persons; health professional or mental health professional; practitioner who relies solely on spiritual means for healing; social worker, family protection worker, family protection specialist or other professional care, residential or institutional staff; state, county or municipal criminal justice employee or law enforcement officer; human rights advocacy committee or long-term care ombudsman council member; or accountant, stockbroker, financial advisor or consultant, insurance agent or consultant, investment advisor or consultant, financial planner, or any officer or employee of a bank, savings and loan, credit union or any other financial service provider.

When to report?
Any person who knows or suspects that a vulnerable person has been or is being abused, neglected, or exploited.

How to report?
Reports shall be made immediately to the Department of Human Services or to the county department of human services where the vulnerable adult is located. The report may be made orally or in writing, but where made orally, it shall be followed up by a written report.

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