Tampering with Governmental Record in Texas

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It is a crime in the State of Texas to alter an official government record. The Texas Penal Code purposefully defines this charge broadly so it may apply to many situations. Examples of acts that would constitute tampering with a governmental record include:

• Making a false entry into or alteration of a document issued by the government.

• Knowingly using a government-issued document with the knowledge that it is false while trying to pass it off as being genuine.

• Intentionally destroying or impairing the verity, legibility, or availability of a government record.

• Possessing or selling a fake government document with the intent that it be used unlawfully.

If you are convicted of tampering with a government record, it can have serious consequences on your ability to rent a home or obtain employment. Many landlords and employers do not want to associate with individuals convicted of crimes of moral turpitude.

If you have been accused of tampering with a government record, hiring an experienced attorney may help your chances of getting your charge reduced or dismissed. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of experience handling criminal cases. Our first priority is to keep a conviction off of your record, and also to ensure that you do not have to spend any time in jail. Contact our office today at (512) 359-3300.

Potential Consequences

Typically, tampering with a government record is a Class A Misdemeanor. A Class A Misdemeanor may be punishable by up to 1-year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

However, if the court alleges that you tampered with a government record with the intent to either defraud or harm someone, the charge may be increased to a State Jail Felony. A State Jail Felony conviction carries a potential punishment of 6-months – 2-years in the state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

If you are accused of tampering with a school record, report, or assessment meant for the TEA, you may be charged with a 3rd Degree Felony. Tampering with a government document related to criminal proceedings (such as a urinalysis report) or a search warrant is also a 3rd Degree Felony. A 3rd Degree Felony carries a potential prison sentence of 2 – 10-years and a fine of up to $10,000.

In addition to prison time and fines, a felony conviction can affect your employment, housing, along with many of your civic rights, including your ability to vote, own a gun, or serve on a jury.

Contact Us

If you have been accused of tampering with a government record, we can help. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of experience handling criminal cases. Our office will take all measures ethically and legally possible to obtain the best outcome in your case. Currently, Mr. Trumpler practices in Central Texas counties including Travis, Williamson, Lee, Comal, Coryell, Bastrop, Burnet, and Hays. Call us today at (512) 359-3300.

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