3-1-8. Acting as officer without qualifying as misdemeanor--Validity of acts of de facto officer. Every person who executes any of the functions of a public office without having taken and duly filed the required oath of office, or without having executed and duly filed the required security, is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor; and in addition to the punishment prescribed therefor, he forfeits his right to the office. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the validity of acts done by a person exercising the functions of a public office in fact, where other persons than himself are interested in maintaining the validity of such acts.
Source: PenC 1877, §§ 96, 97; CL 1887, §§ 6296, 6297; RPenC 1903, §§ 101, 102; RC 1919, §§ 3684, 3685; SDC 1939, § 13.1102; SL 1980, ch 24, § 30.