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

Sec. 22.10. LEAVING A CHILD IN A VEHICLE. (1818)(Text)

(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than five minutes, knowing that the child is: (1819)

(1) younger than seven years of age; and (1820)

(2) not attended by an individual in the vehicle who is 14 years of age or older. (1821)

(b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. (1822)

Added by Acts 1984, 68th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 24, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 2, 1984. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. (1823)

Sec. 22.11. HARASSMENT BY PERSONS IN CERTAIN FACILITIES; HARASSMENT OF PUBLIC SERVANT. (1824)(Text)

(a) A person commits an offense if, with the intent to assault, harass, or alarm, the person: (1825)

(1) while imprisoned or confined in a correctional or detention facility, causes another person to contact the blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of the actor, any other person, or an animal; (1826)

(2) while committed to a civil commitment facility, causes: (1827)

(A) an officer or employee of the Texas Civil Commitment Office to contact the blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of the actor, any other person, or an animal: (1828)

(i) while the officer or employee is lawfully discharging an official duty at a civil commitment facility; or (1829)

(ii) in retaliation for or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty by the officer or employee; or (1830)

(B) a person who contracts with the state to perform a service in the facility or an employee of that person to contact the blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of the actor, any other person, or an animal: (1831)

(i) while the person or employee is engaged in performing a service within the scope of the contract, if the actor knows the person or employee is authorized by the state to provide the service; or (1832)

(ii) in retaliation for or on account of the person's or employee's performance of a service within the scope of the contract; or (1833)

(3) causes another person the actor knows to be a public servant to contact the blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of the actor, any other person, or an animal while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of the public servant's official power or performance of an official duty. (1834)

(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree. (1835)

(c) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section. (1836)

(d) In this section, "correctional or detention facility" means: (1837)

(1) a secure correctional facility; or (1838)

(2) a "secure correctional facility" or a "secure detention facility" as defined by Section 51.02, Family Code, operated by or under contract with a juvenile board or the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or any other facility operated by or under contract with that department. (1839)

(e) For purposes of Subsection (a)(3), the actor is presumed to have known the person was a public servant if the person was wearing a distinctive uniform or badge indicating the person's employment as a public servant. (1840)

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 335, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 878, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1006, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (1841)

Amended by: (1842)

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 543 (H.B. 1095), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005. (1843)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 734 (H.B. 1549), Sec. 142, eff. September 1, 2015. (1844)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 34 (S.B. 1576), Sec. 28, eff. September 1, 2017. (1845)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 34 (S.B. 1576), Sec. 29, eff. September 1, 2017. (1846)

Sec. 22.12. APPLICABILITY TO CERTAIN CONDUCT. (1847)(Text)

This chapter does not apply to conduct charged as having been committed against an individual who is an unborn child if the conduct is: (1848)

(1) committed by the mother of the unborn child; (1849)

(2) a lawful medical procedure performed by a physician or other health care provider with the requisite consent; (1850)

(3) a lawful medical procedure performed by a physician or other licensed health care provider with the requisite consent as part of an assisted reproduction as defined by Section 160.102, Family Code; or (1851)

(4) the dispensation of a drug in accordance with law or administration of a drug prescribed in accordance with law. (1852)

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 822, Sec. 2.04, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (1853)

TITLE 6. OFFENSES AGAINST THE FAMILY (1854)(Text)

CHAPTER 25. OFFENSES AGAINST THE FAMILY (1855)(Text)

Sec. 25.01. BIGAMY. (1856)(Text)

(a) An individual commits an offense if: (1857)

(1) he is legally married and he: (1858)

(A) purports to marry or does marry a person other than his spouse in this state, or any other state or foreign country, under circumstances that would, but for the actor's prior marriage, constitute a marriage; or (1859)

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