Texas Parks and Wildlife Code

Sec. § 76.118
Penalties


(a)

Except as provided in Subsections (b), (c), (e-2), and (e-3), a person who violates a provision of this subchapter or a regulation of the commission issued under this subchapter commits an offense that is a Class C Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.

(b)

A person who violates Section 76.101 (Oyster Licenses Required), 76.107 (Sale of Sport Oysters Prohibited), or 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited) or a regulation of the commission issued under one of those sections commits an offense that is a Class B Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.

(c)

A person who violates Sections 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited) and either Section 76.115 (Closing Areas) or 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas) in the same criminal episode commits an offense that is a Class A Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.

(d)

Each day of a continuing violation constitutes a separate offense.

(e)

If it is shown at the trial of a defendant for a violation of Section 76.101 (Oyster Licenses Required), 76.107 (Sale of Sport Oysters Prohibited), or 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited) that the defendant has been convicted once within five years before the trial date of a violation of Section 76.101 (Oyster Licenses Required), 76.107 (Sale of Sport Oysters Prohibited), or 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited), the defendant is guilty of a Class A Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.

(e-1)

If it is shown at the trial of a defendant for a violation of Section 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas) that the defendant has been convicted once within five years before the trial date of a violation of Section 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas), the defendant is guilty of a Parks and Wildlife Code state jail felony.

(e-2)

An offense related to oyster size or the harvest of oysters from a closed area is a Class B Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has previously been convicted at least twice for a violation of a provision or regulation relating to oyster size or the harvest of oysters from a closed area.

(e-3)

An offense during the commission of which the defendant was in possession of a cargo of oysters in which 30 percent or more of the oysters measured less than three inches in length along an imaginary straight line through the long axis of the shell or an offense related to the harvest of oysters from a closed area is a Class B Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor, if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has previously been convicted one time for a violation of a provision or regulation relating to:

(1)

oyster size and the defendant was in possession of a cargo of oysters in which 30 percent or more of the oysters measured less than three inches in length along an imaginary straight line through the long axis of the shell; or

(2)

the harvest of oysters from a closed area.

(e-4)

The punishment for an offense otherwise punishable under Subsection (a) is a Class A Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor, with an attendant license suspension under Section 76.1181 (Suspension of License), if it is shown on the trial of the offense that:

(1)

the defendant is the captain of a commercial oyster boat or a member of the crew of a commercial oyster boat;

(2)

the provision or regulation violated relates to:

(A)

oyster size and the defendant was in possession of a cargo of oysters in which 30 percent or more of the oysters measured less than three inches in length along an imaginary straight line through the long axis of the shell; or

(B)

the harvest of oysters from a closed area; and

(3)

the defendant has previously been convicted at least two times for a violation of a provision or regulation relating to:

(A)

oyster size and the defendant during both offenses was in possession of a cargo of oysters in which 30 percent or more of the oysters measured less than three inches in length along an imaginary straight line through the long axis of the shell; or

(B)

the harvest of oysters from a closed area.

(e-5)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a) for a violation of a statute or regulation adopted relating to oyster size that the defendant is a person who purchased oysters from the captain or a member of the crew of a commercial oyster boat and the purchaser was in possession of a cargo of oysters in which less than 30 percent of the oysters were less than three inches in length along an imaginary straight line through the long axis of the shell.

(f)

If it is shown at the trial of a defendant for a violation of Section 76.101 (Oyster Licenses Required), 76.107 (Sale of Sport Oysters Prohibited), 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited), or 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas) of this code that the defendant has been convicted two or more times within five years before the trial date of a violation of Section 76.101 (Oyster Licenses Required), 76.107 (Sale of Sport Oysters Prohibited), 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited), or 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas) of this code, the defendant is guilty of a Parks and Wildlife Code felony.

(g)

If it is shown on the trial of a defendant for a violation of Section 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited) and either Section 76.115 (Closing Areas) or 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas) occurring in the same criminal episode that the defendant has been convicted once before within five years before the trial date of a violation of Section 76.109 (Night Dredging Prohibited) and either Section 76.115 (Closing Areas) or 76.116 (Oysters From Restricted Areas) occurring in the same criminal episode, the defendant is guilty of a Parks and Wildlife Code felony.
Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 267, art. 3, Sec. 83, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 255, Sec. 11, eff. July 31, 1989.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 241 (S.B. 2379), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 687 (H.B. 51), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 313 (H.B. 2321), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.
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