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Record of a Fraudulent Court

The Record of a Fraudulent Court crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you tried to pass off a face court record or document as a real one. Learn more detailed information about the Record of a Fraudulent Court offense below.

Have you been charged with Record of a Fraudulent Court? Call criminal lawyer Paul Saputo at (888) 239-9305 to discuss legal representation.

Record of a Fraudulent Court is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 8 “Offenses Against Public Administration,” Chapter 37 “Perjury And Other Falsification.

What is the current Texas law about Record of a Fraudulent Court?

The current Texas law is as follows:1

(a) A person commits an offense if the person makes, presents, or uses any document or other record with:

(1) knowledge that the document or other record is not a record of a court created under or established by the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States; and

(2) the intent that the document or other record be given the same legal effect as a record of a court created under or established by the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States.

How can I be charged with Record of a Fraudulent Court?

You can be charged with Record of a Fraudulent Court if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 37.13(a) as described in the section above have been met.

What is the punishment for Record of a Fraudulent Court?

A conviction for Record of a Fraudulent Court is punished as a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has previously been convicted of this law on two or more occasions.2 Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors


Legal References:

1 Texas Penal Code §37.13

2 Texas Penal Code §37.13(b)

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