Operation of Stash House – Texas Penal Code §20.07

Texas Criminal Law

The Texas Operation of Stash House offense was created in the 86th Texas Legislative Session and became effective on September 1, 2019.

This is a new offense as of 2019. Learn more detailed information about the Operation of Stash House offense below.

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What is the current Texas law on Operation of Stash House?

The current Texas law defines the offense of Operation of Stash House in Penal Code Section §20.07 as follows:[1]

(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly:

(1) uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, vehicle, boat, or other property owned by the person or under the person’s control to commit an offense or to facilitate the commission of an offense under Section 20.05, 20.06, 20A.02, 20A.03, 43.04, or 43.05; or

(2) rents or leases any property to another, intending that the property be used as described by Subdivision (1).

This is a new offense as of 2019, effective as of September 1, 2019.[2]

How can I be charged with Operation of a Stash House?

You can be charged with Operation of a Stash House if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of Section 20.07(a), as described in the section above, have been met.

What is the punishment range for Operation of Stash House?

Operation of Stash House will be classified a Class A misdemeanor,[3] punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

Legal References:

^1. Texas Penal Code §20.07^2. H.B. 11, 84th Texas Legislature, Section 15^3. Penal Code §20.07(b)

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