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Chapter 42 of the Texas Penal Code defines disorderly conduct and other related charges.

“Cockfighting”, as per § 42.105 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person knowingly;

1.      causes a cock to fight with another cock;

2.      participates in the earnings of a cockfight;

3.      uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for cockfighting;

4.      owns or trains a cock with the intent that the cock be used in an exhibition of cockfighting;

5.      manufactures, buys, sells, barters, exchanges, possesses, advertises, or otherwise offers a gaff, slasher, or other sharp implement designed for attachment to a cock with the intent

An offense under 1) or 2) is a state jail felony.  An offense under Subsection 3), 4), or 5) is a Class A misdemeanor.  An offense under Subsection 6) is a Class C misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the person has been previously convicted of an offense under that subdivision.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor c

  • Fine not to exceed $500

Misdemeanor A

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

  • Fine not to exceed $4,000

  • Both such fine and confinement

State Jail Felony

  • Confinement in a state jail for not more than two years and not less than 180 days

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