(a) If an affirmative finding under Article 42.014, Code of Criminal Procedure, is made in the trial of an offense other than a first degree felony or a Class A
misdemeanor, the punishment for the offense is increased to the punishment prescribed
for the next highest category of offense. If the offense is a Class A misdemeanor, the minimum term of confinement for the
offense is increased to 180 days. This section does not apply to the trial of an offense of injury to a disabled individual
under § 22.04, if the affirmative finding in the case under Article 42.014, Code of Criminal Procedure, shows that the defendant intentionally selected the victim because the victim was
(b) The attorney general, if requested to do so by a prosecuting attorney, may assist
the prosecuting attorney in the investigation or prosecution of an offense committed
because of bias or prejudice. The attorney general shall designate one individual in the division of the attorney
general's office that assists in the prosecution of criminal cases to coordinate responses
to requests made under this subsection.
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