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False Identification as Peace Officer

The False Identification as Peace Officer crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you pretended to be a police officer. Learn more detailed information about the False Identification as Peace Officer offense below.

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False Identification as Peace Officer is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 8 “Offenses Against Public Administration,” Chapter 37 “Perjury And Other Falsifications.

What is the law in Texas about False Identification as Peace Officer?

The offense is described in Section 37.12 of the Texas Penal Code.

(a) A person commits an offense if:

(1) the person makes, provides to another person, or possesses a card, document, badge, insignia, shoulder emblem, or other item bearing an insignia of a law enforcement agency that identifies a person as a peace officer or a reserve law enforcement officer; and

(2) the person who makes, provides, or possesses the item bearing the insignia knows that the person so identified by the item is not commissioned as a peace officer or reserve law enforcement officer as indicated on the item.

How can I be charged with False Identification as Peace Officer?

You can be charged with False Identification as Peace Officer if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 37.12(a) as described in the section above have been met.

What is the punishment for False Identification as Peace Officer?

A conviction for False Identification as Peace Officer is punished as a Class B misdemeanor,1 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $2,000 and jail time of up to 180 days. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors


Legal References:

1Texas Penal Code Section 37.12(e)

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