Coercion of Public Servant or Voter
Chapter 36 of the Texas Penal Code defines bribery and corrupt influence offenses.
“Coercion of Public Servant or Voter”, as per § 36.03 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person influences or attempts to influence a public servant in a specific exercise of his official power or a specific performance of his official duty or influences or attempts to influence a public servant to violate the public servant's known legal duty, or influences or attempts to influence a voter not to vote or to vote in a particular manner.
An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the coercion is a threat to commit a felony, in which event it is a felony of the third degree.
- 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