Use of Laser Pointers: Texas Penal Code §42.13

Texas Criminal Law

The Use of Laser Pointers crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you knowingly direct a light from a laser pointer at a firefighter, medical worker, or uniformed officer of any kind. Learn more detailed information about the Use of Laser Pointers offense below.

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Use of Laser Pointers is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 9 “Offenses Against Public Order and Decency”, Chapter 42 “Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses.”

What is the current Texas law about Use of Laser Pointers?

The current Texas law defines the offense of Use of Laser Pointers in Penal Code Section §42.13 as follows:[1]

(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly directs a light from a laser pointer at a uniformed safety officer, including a peace officer, security guard, firefighter, emergency medical service worker, or other uniformed municipal, state, or federal officer.

How can I be charged with Use of Laser Pointers?

You can be charged with Use of Laser Pointers if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 42.13(a) as described in the section above have been met.

What is the punishment for Use of Laser Pointers?

A conviction for Use of Laser Pointers is punished as a Class C Misdemeanor,[2] with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $500. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors

Legal References:

^1. Texas Penal Code §42.13^2. Texas Penal Code §42.13(c)

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