Communicating Gambling Information

Texas Criminal Law

The Communicating Gambling Information crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you communicated information on betting, betting odds, or changes in betting odds with the intention of furthering some kind of gambling activity. Learn more detailed information about the Communicating Gambling Information offense below.

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Communicating Gambling Information is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 10 “Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, And Morals,” Chapter 47 “Gambling.”

What is the current Texas law about Communicating Gambling Information?

The current Texas law defines the offense of Communicating Gambling Information in Penal Code Section §47.05 as follows:[1]

(a) A person commits an offense if, with the intent to further gambling, he knowingly communicates information as to bets, betting odds, or changes in betting odds or he knowingly provides, installs, or maintains equipment for the transmission or receipt of such information.

How can I be charged with Communicating Gambling Information?

You can be charged with Communicating Gambling Information if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 47.05(a) as described in the section above have been met.

What is the punishment for Communicating Gambling Information?

A conviction for Communicating Gambling Information 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:

^1. Texas Penal Code §47.05^2. Texas Penal Code §47.05(c)

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