Honorable Joe Moody, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB142 by Moody (Relating to the creation of the offense of indecent assault, to judicial protection for victims of that offense, and to certain criminal acts committed in relation to that offense.), As Introduced
The provisions of the bill that are the subject of this analysis would amend the Penal Code as they relate to the creation of the offense of indecent assault. Under the provisions of the bill, engaging in certain behaviors without the other person's consent and with certain intent would be punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor.
A class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not more than $4,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year, or both.
Expanding the list of behaviors for which a criminal penalty is applied is expected to result in increased demands upon the correctional resources of counties or of the State due to longer terms of supervision in the community or longer terms of confinement in state correctional institutions. This analysis assumes the provisions of the bill affecting felony sanctions would not result in a significant impact on the demand of state correctional resources.