Illumination of Aircraft by Intense Light
Chapter 42 of the Texas Penal Code defines disorderly conduct and other related charges.
“Illumination of Aircraft by Intense Light”, as per § 42.14 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person intentionally directs a light from a laser pointer or other light source at an aircraft; and the light has an intensity sufficient to impair the operator's ability to control the aircraft.
It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the actor was using the light to send an emergency distress signal.
An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor unless the intensity of the light impairs the operator's ability to control the aircraft, in which event the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
Severity of Crime
Fine not to exceed $500
Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
Fine not to exceed $4,000
Both such fine and confinement