Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang text with Texas flags in background
Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang text with Texas flags in background

Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang

The Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you knowingly caused, solicited, or encouraged another person to join a gang. Learn more detailed information about the Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang offense below.

Have you been charged with Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang? Call criminal lawyer Paul Saputo at (888) 239-9305 to discuss legal representation.

Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 11 “Organized Crime”, Chapter 71 “Organized Crime.

What is the current Texas law about Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang?

The current Texas law is as follows:1

(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly causes, enables, encourages, recruits, or solicits another person to become a member of a criminal street gang which, as a condition of initiation, admission, membership, or continued membership, requires the commission of any conduct which constitutes an offense punishable as a Class A misdemeanor or a felony.

(a-1) A person commits an offense if, with intent to coerce, induce, or solicit a child to actively participate in the activities of a criminal street gang, the person:

(1) threatens the child or a member of the child’s family with imminent bodily injury; or

(2) causes bodily injury to the child or a member of the child’s family.

How can I be charged with Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang?

You can be charged with Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 71.022(a) or 71.022(a-1), as described in the section above, have been met.

What is the punishment for Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang?

A conviction for Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang is punished by default as a Felony of the Third Degree,2 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to 10 years.

However, if you are convicted of this crime more than once, then a conviction for Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang is punished as a Felony of the Second Degree,3 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to 20 years. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors


Legal References:

1 Texas Penal Code §71.022.

2 Texas Penal Code §71.022(b)

3 Texas Penal Code §71.022(c)

Recent Case Results

  • 2019 Not Guilty in Collin County DWI >0.15
  • 2019 Not Guilty in Dallas County Indecency with a Child
  • Oral Argument at the United States Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Prosecutorial Misconduct Claim arising out of Northern District of Texas
  • 2018 Not Guilty in Martin County Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer
  • Not Guilty in 2018 Dallas County DWI Trial
  • Client cleared in Dallas Police Shooting wrongful accusation
  • Federal sentencing results in 10 Year Downward Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines in 2018
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict for client originally accused of Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Case Dismissed after picking jury in Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child case in 2017
  • United States Attorney dismisses case against client charged in El Paso Federal Court with Possession of Child Pornography
  • ALL CHARGES DISMISSED against our client in the Twin Peaks Waco Biker case
  • Client “No-billed” by grand jury investigating shooting death case
  • Coverage of Case Involving Waco teacher sending messages to student
  • Judge returns a Directed Verdict of Acquittal in case involving trainer of professional athletes
  • Rare Not Guilty verdict in Rockwall County DWI
  • 2016 Dismissal of Fort Worth Federal Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Hill County Money Laundering case Dismissed and civil asset forfeiture assets returned
  • Coverage of teen Lewisville client charged with hit-and-run death
  • Two Montague County Indecency with a Child cases Dismissed