Felony Offenses in the Texas Penal Code

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Texas Penal Code, Section 36.06 - Obstruction or Retaliation

CHAPTER 36. BRIBERY AND CORRUPT INFLUENCE     

        § 36.06.  OBSTRUCTION OR RETALIATION.
        (a)  A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly harms or threatens to harm another by an unlawful act:
                (1)  in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of another as a:
                        (A)  public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant; or
                        (B)  person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime;  or
                (2)  to prevent or delay the service of another as a:
                        (A)  public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant; or
                        (B)  person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime.
        (b)  In this section:
                (1)  "Honorably retired peace officer" means a peace officer who:
                        (A)  did not retire in lieu of any disciplinary action;
                        (B)  was eligible to retire from a law enforcement agency or was ineligible to retire only as a result of an injury received in the course of the officer's employment with the agency; and
                        (C)  is entitled to receive a pension or annuity for service as a law enforcement officer or is not entitled to receive a pension or annuity only because the law enforcement agency that employed the officer does not offer a pension or annuity to its employees.
                (2)  "Informant" means a person who has communicated information to the government in connection with any governmental function.
                (3)  "Public servant" includes an honorably retired peace officer.
        (c)  An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree unless the victim of the offense was harmed or threatened because of the victim's service or status as a juror, in which event the offense is a felony of the second degree.

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