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Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry

The Texas Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry offense was created in the 86th Texas Legislative Session by HB 888. The offense will be effective on September 1, 2019. Learn more detailed information about the Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry offense below.

*This is a new offense as of 2019. More detail will be added to this page as soon as it is available*

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What is the law on Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry in Texas?

As of September of 2019, Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry is to be codified at Section 37.082 of the Texas Penal Code. Subsection (b) describes the offense as:

A person commits an offense if the person, with intent to commit an offense under Section 20A.02, knowingly misrepresents a child as a family member of the person to a peace officer or federal special investigator at a port of entry.

What is the punishment range for Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry?

Misrepresenting a Child as a Family Member at a Port of Entry will be classified as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. 1


Legal References:

1 Texas Penal Code §37.082(c), as passed by HB 888 in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

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