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Coercion of Public Servant or Voter

Coercion of Public Servant or Voter

Chapter 36 of the Texas Penal Code defines bribery and corrupt influence offenses.

“Coercion of Public Servant or Voter”, as per § 36.03 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person influences or attempts to influence a public servant in a specific exercise of his official power or a specific performance of his official duty or influences or attempts to influence a public servant to violate the public servant's known legal duty, or influences or attempts to influence a voter not to vote or to vote in a particular manner.

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the coercion is a threat to commit a felony, in which event it is a felony of the third degree.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year

  • Fine not to exceed $4,000

  • Both such fine and confinement

Third Degree Felony

  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 10 years or less than two years

  • In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000