The Cockfighting crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you caused a cock (meaning a male fowl of any kind) to fight with another cock, or if you own a property where cockfighting was allowed, or if you participated in gambling on cockfighting, owned or trained a cock to fight, owned equipment that would be used in cockfighting, or attended a cockfight. Learn more detailed information about the Cockfighting offense below.
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Cockfighting is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 9, “Regulatory and Penal Provisions,” Chapter 42, “Provisions Related to Age.”
The Cockfighting offense is described in Section 42.105 of the Texas Penal Code.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or 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 that the implement be used in cockfighting; or
(6) attends as a spectator an exhibition of cockfighting.
You can be charged with Cockfighting if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 42.10(a)(1), (2), (3), (4) or (5), as described in the section above have been met.
If the offense falls under subsection (b)(3), (4) or (5), or if the actor has been previously convicted of a (b)(6) violation, then a conviction for Cockfighting is punished as a Class A misdemeanor,1 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $4,000 and jail time of up to 1 year.
If the offense falls under subsection (b)(1) or (b)(2), then a conviction for Cockfighting is punished as a State Jail Felony,2 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $10,000 and jail time of up to two years.
If the offense falls under subsection (b)(6), and it is a first conviction under that subsection, then a conviction for Cockfighting is punished as a Class C misdemeanor,3 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $500. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors
1 Texas Penal Code Section 42.10(g)
2 Texas Penal Code Section 42.10(g)
3 Texas Penal Code Section 42.10(g)