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Obstruction or Retaliation

Obstruction or Retaliation

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

“Obstruction or Retaliation”, as per § 36.06 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly harms or threatens to harm another by an unlawful act:

  • in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of another as a:

    • public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant; or

    • person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime; or

  • to prevent or delay the service of another as a:

    • public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant; or

    • person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime.

An offense under this section is a third degree felony.

Severity of Crime

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