(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly causes, enables, encourages, recruits, or solicits another person to become a member of a criminal street gang which, as a condition of initiation, admission, membership, or continued membership, requires the commission of any conduct which constitutes an offense punishable as a Class A misdemeanor or a felony.
(a-1) A person commits an offense if, with intent to coerce, induce, or solicit a child to actively participate in the activities of a criminal street gang, the person:
(1) threatens the child or a member of the child's family with imminent bodily injury; or
(2) causes bodily injury to the child or a member of the child's family.
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.
(c) A second or subsequent offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.
(d) In this section:
(1) “Child” means an individual younger than 17 years of age.
(2) “Family” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.003, Family Code .
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Penal Code - PENAL § 71.022. Coercing, Inducing, or Soliciting Membership in a Criminal Street Gang - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-71-022.html
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