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Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines

The Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you broke into a coin-operated or coin collection machine to collect property or services. Learn more detailed information about the Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines offense below.

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Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 7 “Offenses Against Property”, Chapter 30 “Burglary and Criminal Trespass.”

What is the law in Texas about Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines?

The offense is described in Section 30.03 of the Texas Penal Code.

(a) A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, he breaks or enters into any coin-operated machine, coin collection machine, or other coin-operated or coin collection receptacle, contrivance, apparatus, or equipment used for the purpose of providing lawful amusement, sales of goods, services, or other valuable things, or telecommunications with intent to obtain property or services.

Entry is defined very broadly as “every kind of entry except one made with the effective consent of the owner.”1

How can I be charged with Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines?

You can be charged with Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 30.03(a) as described in the section above have been met.

What is the punishment for Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines?

A conviction for Burglary of Coin-Operated or Coin Collection Machines is punished as a Class A misdemeanor,2 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $4,000 and jail time of up to one year. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors


Legal References:

1Texas Penal Code Section 30.03(b)

2Texas Penal Code Section 30.03(c)

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