Honorable Abel Herrero, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB644 by Canales (Relating to the contents of a search warrant and to the offense of tampering with a governmental record consisting of a search warrant.), As Introduced
The provisions of the bill addressing felony sanctions are the subject of this analysis. The bill would amend the Penal Code to make tampering with a search warrant issued by a magistrate a third degree felony.
A third degree felony is punishable by confinement in prison for a term of two to 10 years and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Expanding the list of behaviors for which a criminal penalty can be applied is expected to increase correctional supervision and/or incarceration populations and thereby increase demands on county and/or state correctional resources. This analysis assumes implementing the provisions of the bill would not result in a significant impact on state correctional agencies, programs, or workloads.