Penalties may be enhanced due to emergency
Erath law enforcement announced that penalties may be enhanced for crimes committed during COVID-19 emergency. The County issued the following release Friday March 20:
With Governor Abbott declaring a public disaster applicable to all counties in Texas, the penalties for certain assaultive, theft, and property crimes which are otherwise misdemeanors may now be enhanced to the punishment for felonies pursuant to Texas Penal Code sec. 12.50.
Further, for certain felonies, the potential consequences are enhanced to the next higher degree felony punishment.
Erath County law enforcement is working, and when law enforcement is required to devote time and engage in contact with people breaking the law in a time such as this, we will take every opportunity provided for in the law to disrupt, punish, and make examples of those who go to and fro breaking the law.