CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE


TITLE 1. CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE


CHAPTER 56. RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS


SUBCHAPTER A. CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS


Art. 56.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

Without reference to the addition of this subdivision, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


(2-b) "Sexual assault examiner" and "sexual assault nurse examiner" have the meanings assigned by Section 420.003, Government Code.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 588, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 66 (H.B. 1489), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 268 (S.B. 6), Sec. 1.126, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 593 (H.B. 8), Sec. 3.20, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 372 (H.B. 1372), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1345 (S.B. 1192), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

Without reference to the amendment of this section, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


Art. 56.021. RIGHTS OF VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OR ABUSE, INDECENT ASSAULT, STALKING, OR TRAFFICKING. (a) In addition to the rights enumerated in Article 56.02, if the offense is a sexual assault, the victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim is entitled to the following rights within the criminal justice system:

(1) if requested, the right to a disclosure of information regarding any evidence that was collected during the investigation of the offense, unless disclosing the information would interfere with the investigation or prosecution of the offense, in which event the victim, guardian, or relative shall be informed of the estimated date on which that information is expected to be disclosed;

(2) if requested, the right to a disclosure of information regarding the status of any analysis being performed of any evidence that was collected during the investigation of the offense;

(3) if requested, the right to be notified:

(A) at the time a request is submitted to a crime laboratory to process and analyze any evidence that was collected during the investigation of the offense;

(B) at the time of the submission of a request to compare any biological evidence collected during the investigation of the offense with DNA profiles maintained in a state or federal DNA database; and

(C) of the results of the comparison described by Paragraph (B), unless disclosing the results would interfere with the investigation or prosecution of the offense, in which event the victim, guardian, or relative shall be informed of the estimated date on which those results are expected to be disclosed;

(4) if requested, the right to counseling regarding acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection;

(5) for the victim of the offense, testing for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, antibodies to HIV, or infection with any other probable causative agent of AIDS; and

(6) to the extent provided by Articles 56.06 and 56.065, for the victim of the offense, the right to a forensic medical examination if, within 120 hours of the offense, the offense is reported to a law enforcement agency or a forensic medical examination is otherwise conducted at a health care facility.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(d) This subsection applies only to a victim of an offense under Section 20A.02, 20A.03, 21.02, 21.11, 22.011, 22.012, 22.021, 42.072, or 43.05, Penal Code. In addition to the rights enumerated in Article 56.02 and, if applicable, Subsection (a) of this article, a victim described by this subsection or a parent or guardian of the victim is entitled to the following rights within the criminal justice system:

(1) the right to request that the attorney representing the state, subject to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, file an application for a protective order under Article 7A.01 on behalf of the victim;

(2) the right to be informed:

(A) that the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, may file an application for a protective order under Article 7A.01;

(B) of the court in which the application for a protective order may be filed; and

(C) that, on request of the victim or of the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, and subject to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the attorney representing the state may file the application for a protective order;

(3) if the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, is present when the defendant is convicted or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision, the right to be given by the court the information described by Subdivision (2) and, if the court has jurisdiction over applications for protective orders that are filed under Article 7A.01, the right to file an application for a protective order immediately following the defendant's conviction or placement on deferred adjudication community supervision; and

(4) if the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, is not present when the defendant is convicted or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision, the right to be given by the attorney representing the state the information described by Subdivision (2).

(e) A victim of an offense under Section 20A.02, 20A.03, or 43.05, Penal Code, is entitled to be informed that the victim may petition for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information under Section 411.0728, Government Code, if the victim:

(1) has been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for an offense described by Subsection (a)(1) of that section; and

(2) committed that offense solely as a victim of an offense under Section 20A.02, 20A.03, or 43.05, Penal Code.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1345 (S.B. 1192), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2013.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1032 (H.B. 1447), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1153 (S.B. 630), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1153 (S.B. 630), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 5.003, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 413 (S.B. 20), Sec. 4.02, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 529 (S.B. 1801), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 955 (S.B. 194), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 955 (S.B. 194), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.

Without reference to the amendment of this section, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


Art. 56.06. FORENSIC MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM WHO HAS REPORTED ASSAULT; COSTS. (a) This article applies to health care facilities described by Article 56.065.

(a-1) If a sexual assault is reported to a law enforcement agency within 120 hours of the assault, the law enforcement agency, with the consent of the victim, a person authorized to act on behalf of the victim, or an employee of the Department of Family and Protective Services, shall request a forensic medical examination of the victim of the alleged assault for use in the investigation or prosecution of the offense. A law enforcement agency may decline to request a forensic medical examination under this subsection only if the person reporting the sexual assault has made one or more false reports of sexual assault to any law enforcement agency and if there is no other evidence to corroborate the current allegations of sexual assault.

(b) If a sexual assault is not reported within the period described by Subsection (a-1), on receiving the consent described by that subsection the law enforcement agency may request a forensic medical examination of a victim of an alleged sexual assault as considered appropriate by the agency.

(b-1) If a sexual assault is reported to a law enforcement agency as provided by Subsection (a-1) or (b), the law enforcement agency shall document, in the form and manner required by the attorney general, whether the agency requested a forensic medical examination. The law enforcement agency shall:

(1) provide the documentation of the agency's decision regarding a request for a forensic medical examination to:

(A) the health care facility and the sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner, as applicable, who provides services to the victim that are related to the sexual assault; and

(B) the victim or the person who consented to the forensic medical examination on behalf of the victim; and

(2) maintain the documentation of the agency's decision in accordance with the agency's record retention policies.

(b-2) On application to the attorney general, a health care facility that provides a forensic medical examination to a sexual assault survivor in accordance with this article, or the sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner who conducts that examination, as applicable, is entitled to be reimbursed in an amount set by attorney general rule for:

(1) the reasonable costs of the forensic portion of that examination; and

(2) the evidence collection kit.

(b-3) The application under Subsection (b-2) must be in the form and manner prescribed by the attorney general and must include:

(1) the documentation that the law enforcement agency requested the forensic medical examination, as required under Subsection (b-1); and

(2) a complete and itemized bill of the reasonable costs of the forensic portion of the examination.

(b-4) A health care facility or a sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner, as applicable, who applies for reimbursement under Subsection (b-2) shall accept reimbursement from the attorney general as payment for the costs unless:

(1) the health care facility or sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner, as applicable:

(A) requests, in writing, additional reimbursement from the attorney general; and

(B) provides documentation in support of the additional reimbursement, as reasonably requested by the attorney general; and

(2) the attorney general determines that there is a reasonable justification for additional reimbursement.

(b-5) A health care facility is not entitled to reimbursement under this article unless the forensic medical examination was conducted at the facility by a physician, sexual assault examiner, or sexual assault nurse examiner.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 8(1), eff. September 1, 2019.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(g) The attorney general shall adopt rules necessary to implement this article.

(h) On request, the attorney general may provide training to a health care facility regarding the process for applying for reimbursement under this article.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 5.05(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. Subsec. (a) amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 75, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1507, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 498 (H.B. 544), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1446), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1446), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 8(1), eff. September 1, 2019.

Without reference to the amendment of this section, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


Art. 56.065. MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM WHO HAS NOT REPORTED ASSAULT; COSTS. (a) In this article:

(1) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(2) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(3) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 8(2), eff. September 1, 2019.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(c) In accordance with Subchapter B, Chapter 420, Government Code, and except as provided by Subsection (e), a health care facility shall conduct a forensic medical examination of the victim of an alleged sexual assault if:

(1) the victim arrives at the facility within 120 hours after the assault occurred;

(2) the victim consents to the examination; and

(3) at the time of the examination the victim has not reported the assault to a law enforcement agency.

(c-1) On application to the attorney general, a health care facility that provides a forensic medical examination to a sexual assault survivor in accordance with this article, or the sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner who conducts that examination, as applicable, within 120 hours after the alleged sexual assault occurred is entitled to be reimbursed in an amount set by attorney general rule for:

(1) the reasonable costs of the forensic portion of that examination; and

(2) the evidence collection kit.

(c-2) The application under Subsection (c-1) must be in the form and manner prescribed by the attorney general and must include:

(1) certification that the examination was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Subsection (c); and

(2) a complete and itemized bill of the reasonable costs of the forensic portion of the examination.

(c-3) A health care facility or a sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner, as applicable, who applies for reimbursement under Subsection (c-1) shall accept reimbursement from the attorney general as payment for the costs unless:

(1) the health care facility or sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner, as applicable:

(A) requests, in writing, additional reimbursement from the attorney general; and

(B) provides documentation in support of the additional reimbursement, as reasonably requested by the attorney general; and

(2) the attorney general determines that there is a reasonable justification for additional reimbursement.

(c-4) A health care facility is not entitled to reimbursement under this article unless the forensic medical examination was conducted at the facility by a physician, sexual assault examiner, or sexual assault nurse examiner.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 8(2), eff. September 1, 2019.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(g) The department, consistent with Chapter 420, Government Code, shall develop procedures for:

(1) the transfer of evidence collected under this article to a crime laboratory or other suitable location designated by the public safety director of the department;

(2) the preservation of the evidence by the receiving entity; and

(3) the notification of the victim of the offense before a planned destruction of evidence under this article.

(g-1) Subject to Subsection (g-2), an entity receiving evidence described by Subsection (g) shall preserve the evidence until the earlier of:

(1) the fifth anniversary of the date on which evidence was collected; or

(2) the date on which written consent to release the evidence is obtained as provided by Section 420.0735, Government Code.

(g-2) An entity receiving evidence described by Subsection (g) may destroy the evidence on the expiration of the entity's duty to preserve the evidence under Subsection (g-1)(1) only if:

(1) the entity provides written notification to the victim of the offense, in a trauma-informed manner, of the decision to destroy the evidence that includes:

(A) detailed instructions on how the victim may make a written objection to the decision, including contact information for the entity; or

(B) a standard form for the victim to complete and return to the entity to make a written objection to the decision; and

(2) a written objection is not received by the entity from the victim before the 91st day after the date on which the entity notifies the victim of the planned destruction of the evidence.

(g-3) The entity shall document the entity's attempt to notify the victim under Subsection (g-2).

(h) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

(l) On request, the attorney general may provide training to a health care facility regarding the process for applying for reimbursement under this article.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1140 (H.B. 2626), Sec. 3, eff. June 19, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 826 (H.B. 2966), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1105 (S.B. 1636), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1446), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 408 (H.B. 8), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 8(2), eff. September 1, 2019.

SUBCHAPTER B. CRIME VICTIMS' COMPENSATION


Art. 56.32. DEFINITIONS. (a) In this subchapter:

Without reference to the amendment of this subdivision, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


(14) "Trafficking of persons" means any offense that results in a person engaging in forced labor or services, including sexual conduct, and that may be prosecuted under Section 20A.02, 20A.03, 43.03, 43.031, 43.04, 43.041, 43.05, 43.25, 43.251, or 43.26, Penal Code.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 805, Sec. 3, 4, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.84(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 779, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Subsec. (a)(4) amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 14.27, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Subsec. (a)(8) amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 9.55, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Subsec. (a)(9) amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1470, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 1999; Subsec. (a)(9) amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 11, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Subsec. (a)(12) added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 11, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Subsec. (a)(2) amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1286, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Subsec. (a)(9) amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1286, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1303, Sec. 2, eff. June 21, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 66 (H.B. 1489), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 728 (H.B. 2018), Sec. 4.007, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1374 (S.B. 157), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1252 (H.B. 8), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 332 (H.B. 10), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1446), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 413 (S.B. 20), Sec. 3.06, eff. September 1, 2019.

Art. 56.42. LIMITS ON COMPENSATION.

Without reference to the amendment of this subsection, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


(d) A victim of stalking, family violence, or trafficking of persons, a victim of sexual assault who is assaulted in the victim's place of residence, or a child who is a victim of a murder attempt in the child's place of residence may receive a onetime-only assistance payment in an amount not to exceed:

(1) $2,000 to be used for relocation expenses, including expenses for rental deposit, utility connections, expenses relating to the moving of belongings, motor vehicle mileage expenses, and for out-of-state moves, transportation, lodging, and meals; and

(2) $1,800 to be used for housing rental expenses.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.84(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 779, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Subsec. (d) added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1470, Sec. 2, eff. June 19, 1999; Subsec. (b) amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 274, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Subsec. (d) amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 11, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Subsec. (c) amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1286, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Subsec. (e) added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1286, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1252 (H.B. 8), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1446), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 187 (H.B. 2079), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

Art. 56.54. FUNDS.

Without reference to the amendment of this subsection, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


(k) The attorney general may use the compensation to victims of crime fund to:

(1) reimburse a health care facility or a sexual assault examiner or sexual assault nurse examiner for certain costs of a forensic medical examination that are incurred by the facility or the examiner under Article 56.06 or 56.065, as provided by those articles; and

(2) make a payment to or on behalf of an individual for the reasonable costs incurred for medical care provided under Article 56.06 or 56.065 in accordance with Section 323.004, Health and Safety Code.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 805, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.84(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 779, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Subsec. (b) amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1042, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Subsec. (h) added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1042, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 1997. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Subsec. (j) added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1302, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Subsec. (b) amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1507, Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2001; Subsec. (k) added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1507, Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2001; Subsec. (b) amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 927, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1295 (S.B. 74), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 532 (S.B. 1377), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1446), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 351 (H.B. 1866), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 351 (H.B. 1866), Sec. 5(1), eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1037 (H.B. 616), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2019.

SUBCHAPTER C. ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT OR ABUSE, STALKING, OR TRAFFICKING OF PERSONS


Art. 56.81. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:

Without reference to the amendment of this subdivision, this section was repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.


(7) "Trafficking of persons" means any conduct that constitutes an offense under Section 20A.02, 20A.03, 43.03, 43.031, 43.04, 43.041, 43.05, 43.25, 43.251, or 43.26, Penal Code, and that results in a person:

(A) engaging in forced labor or services; or

(B) otherwise becoming a victim of the offense.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1295 (S.B. 74), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1252 (H.B. 8), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 41 (S.B. 256), Sec. 2, eff. May 19, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 413 (S.B. 20), Sec. 3.07, eff. September 1, 2019.