Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case: Texas Penal Code §25.072

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The Texas Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case law creates a specific criminal offense that prosecutors can use to charge the commission of Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In A Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case two or more times during a 12 month period.

The Texas legislature codified this criminal offense in Texas Penal Code Section 25.072. The legislature did not update this law in 2023. The statute was last amended in 2019, when the legislature updated the heading and added the offense of Indecent Assault to the group of offenses covered by this law.

The Penal Code codifies the Texas Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case law under Title 6 “Offenses Against The Family,” Chapter 25 “Offenses Against The Family.” This chapter includes crimes that focus on familial, parent, and spousal relationships. Some of the offenses relate to sexual or violent behavior, while others deal with custody and possession of children. Learn more about the Texas offense of Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case below.

What is the current Texas law about Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case?

The current Texas law defines the offense of Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case in Penal Code Section §25.072 as follows:[1]

(a) A person commits an offense if, during a period that is 12 months or less in duration, the person two or more times engages in conduct that constitutes an offense under Section 25.07.

Section 25.07 refers to the offense of Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In A Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case.

The legislature added the Indecent Assault language to the offense header in 2019,[2] indicating that the law now covers repeated violations of court orders related to Indecent Assault as well – since Section 25.07 was updated in the same bill that year to cover those offenses.

How can I be charged with a Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case offense in Texas?

You can be charged with Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case in Texas if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 25.072(a) as described in the section above have been met.

What is the statute of limitation for Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case in Texas?

Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case offenses have a three-year limitations period.[3]

What is the penalty for a Texas Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case offense?

A conviction for Repeated Violation Of Certain Court Orders Or Conditions Of Bond In Family Violence, Child Abuse Or Neglect, Sexual Assault Or Abuse, Indecent Assault, Stalking, Or Trafficking Case in Texas is punished as a Felony of the Third Degree,[4] 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 here.

Can you get probation for Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case in Texas?

The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure allows both judges and juries to grant probation for Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case, and judges are also allowed to accept deferred adjudication plea deals.[5]

Note, however, that judges may not grant community supervision after a conviction if (1) the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon during the commission of the felony or immediate flight thereafter and (2) the defendant used or exhibited the deadly weapon himself or was a party to the offense and knew that a deadly weapon would be used or exhibited.[6]

Do I have to register as a sex offender in Texas if guilty of Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case?

The Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case offense does not appear on the list of offenses requiring registration under Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.[7]

However, the legislature can add this offense to the list at any time. If that happens, people convicted of Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case would have to register, even if the offense did not appear on the list at the time they accepted a deferred adjudication plea (even if later dismissed), pled guilty or were founty guilty.

What level of crime is Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case in Texas?

The Penal Code classifies the punishment for Repeated Violation of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in Family Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking Case as a third degree felony.

Learn more about the penalty range for this offense in the section above.


^1. Texas Penal Code §25.072. This law is current as of the 88th Legislature Regular Session.^2. SB 194, 86th Legislature (RS)^3. See Code of Criminal Procedure 12.01(9)^4. Texas Penal Code §25.072(e)^5. See Chapter 42, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Art. 42A.054, Art. 42A.056, Art. 42A.102 .^6. Art. 42A.054(b), Texas Code of Criminal Procedure^7. Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 62.001


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