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Texas Laws | Penal Code
PENAL CODE
TITLE 5. OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON

(1) is charged in the alternative; (1263)

(2) occurred outside the period in which the offense alleged under Subsection (a)(7)(A) was committed; or (1264)

(3) is considered by the trier of fact to be a lesser included offense of the offense alleged under Subsection (a)(7)(A). (1265)

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 641, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (1266)

Amended by: (1267)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 258 (S.B. 11), Sec. 16.02, eff. September 1, 2007. (1268)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 849 (H.B. 1121), Sec. 5, eff. June 15, 2007. (1269)

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1002 (H.B. 4009), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2009. (1270)

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 24), Sec. 1.02, eff. September 1, 2011. (1271)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 480 (H.B. 2529), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017. (1272)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 30, eff. September 1, 2017. (1273)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 858 (H.B. 2552), Sec. 15, eff. September 1, 2017. (1274)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1038 (H.B. 1808), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017. (1275)

Sec. 20A.03. CONTINUOUS TRAFFICKING OF PERSONS. (1276)(Text)

(a) A person commits an offense if, during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, the person engages two or more times in conduct that constitutes an offense under Section 20A.02 against one or more victims. (1277)

(b) If a jury is the trier of fact, members of the jury are not required to agree unanimously on which specific conduct engaged in by the defendant constituted an offense under Section 20A.02 or on which exact date the defendant engaged in that conduct. The jury must agree unanimously that the defendant, during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, engaged in conduct that constituted an offense under Section 20A.02. (1278)

(c) If the victim of an offense under Subsection (a) is the same victim as a victim of an offense under Section 20A.02, a defendant may not be convicted of the offense under Section 20A.02 in the same criminal action as the offense under Subsection (a), unless the offense under Section 20A.02: (1279)

(1) is charged in the alternative; (1280)

(2) occurred outside the period in which the offense alleged under Subsection (a) was committed; or (1281)

(3) is considered by the trier of fact to be a lesser included offense of the offense alleged under Subsection (a). (1282)

(d) A defendant may not be charged with more than one count under Subsection (a) if all of the conduct that constitutes an offense under Section 20A.02 is alleged to have been committed against the same victim. (1283)

(e) An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 25 years. (1284)

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 122 (H.B. 3000), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011. (1285)

Amended by: (1286)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 332 (H.B. 10), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2015. (1287)

Sec. 20A.04. ACCOMPLICE WITNESS; TESTIMONY AND IMMUNITY. (1288)(Text)

(a) A party to an offense under this chapter may be required to provide evidence or testify about the offense. (1289)

(b) A party to an offense under this chapter may not be prosecuted for any offense about which the party is required to provide evidence or testify, and the evidence and testimony may not be used against the party in any adjudicatory proceeding except a prosecution for aggravated perjury. For purposes of this subsection, "adjudicatory proceeding" means a proceeding before a court or any other agency of government in which the legal rights, powers, duties, or privileges of specified parties are determined. (1290)

(c) A conviction under this chapter may be had on the uncorroborated testimony of a party to the offense. (1291)

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 332 (H.B. 10), Sec. 13, eff. September 1, 2015. (1292)

CHAPTER 21. SEXUAL OFFENSES (1293)(Text)

Sec. 21.01. DEFINITIONS. (1294)(Text)

In this chapter: (1295)

(1) "Deviate sexual intercourse" means: (1296)

(A) any contact between any part of the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person; or (1297)

(B) the penetration of the genitals or the anus of another person with an object. (1298)

(2) "Sexual contact" means, except as provided by Section 21.11, any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person. (1299)

(3) "Sexual intercourse" means any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ. (1300)

(4) "Spouse" means a person to whom a person is legally married under Subtitle A, Title 1, Family Code, or a comparable law of another jurisdiction. (1301)

Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 373, ch. 168, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 27, 1979; Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 203, ch. 96, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1981; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 739, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. (1302)

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