(1) An information or complaint is sufficient if it can be understood therefrom that:
(a) The defendant is named, or if the name of the defendant cannot be discovered, the defendant is described by a fictitious name, with the statement that the real name of the defendant is unknown to the complainant.
(b) The offense was committed within the jurisdiction of the court, except when, as provided by law, the act, though done without the county in which the court is held, is triable within.
(c) The offense was committed at some time prior to the filing of the information or complaint and within the time limited by law for the commencement of an action therefor.
(2) The information or complaint shall not contain allegations that the defendant has previously been convicted of any offense that might subject the defendant to enhanced penalties.
(3) Words used in a statute to define an offense need not be strictly followed in the information or complaint, but other words conveying the same meaning may be used. [1973 c.836 §63; 2005 c.22 §101]Section: Previous 133.005 133.007 133.010 133.015 133.020 133.030 133.033 133.037 133.040 133.045 133.050 133.055 133.060 133.065 133.066 Next
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