The Texas Impersonating Public Servant crime gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you pretended to be a public servant, like a judge, and you did this in order to get someone to obey your pretend authority. Learn more detailed information about the Impersonating Public Servant offense below.
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Impersonating Public Servant is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 8 “Offenses Against Public Administration”, Chapter 37 “Perjury And Other Falsification.”
The offense is described in Section 37.11 of the Texas Penal Code.
(a) A person commits an offense if he:
(1) impersonates a public servant with intent to induce another to submit to his pretended official authority or to rely on his pretended official acts; or
(2) knowingly purports to exercise any function of a public servant or of a public office, including that of a judge and court, and the position or office through which he purports to exercise a function of a public servant or public office has no lawful existence under the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States.
You can be charged with Impersonating Public Servant if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 37.11(a) as described in the section above have been met.
A conviction for Impersonating Public Servant is punished as a Third Degree Felony,1 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to 10 years. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors
1 Texas Penal Code Section 37.11(b)