Advertising for Placement of Child

Chapter 25 of the Texas Penal Code places restrictions and guidelines on offenses dealing with the family.

“Advertising for Placement of Child” as per § 25.09 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person advertises in the public media that the person will place, provide, or obtain a child for adoption or any other form of permanent physical custody of the child.

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the person has been convicted previously under this section, in which event the offense is a felony of the third degree.

Punishment Range

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
  • Fine not to exceed $4,000
  • Both such fine and confinement

Third Degree Felony

  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 10 years or less than two years
  • In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000

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