Tampering with a Government Record

Have you been arrested, charged or are currently under investigation for the criminal offense of Tampering with a Government Record? If you are facing the criminal charge of Tampering with a Government Record, it is critical that you call an experienced Tarrant County criminal attorney that will thoroughly investigate your case and ensure the best possible outcome for your case is achieved. As a former prosecutor with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, I have the experience and know-how to aggressively defend you from criminal prosecution for the crime of Tampering with a Government Record.

What must be proven to sustain a conviction for Tampering with a Government Record?

Under Texas Penal Code, Section 37.10, the following elements of Tampering with a Government Record must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the State of Texas: A person commits an offense if he knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, a governmental record; makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental record; intentionally destroys, conceals, removes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a governmental record; possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental record or a blank governmental record form with intent that it be used unlawfully; makes, presents, or uses a governmental record with knowledge of its falsity; or possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental record or a blank governmental record form with knowledge that it was obtained unlawfully.

Criminal Consequences of Tampering with a Government Record

Normally, Tampering with a Government Record is classified as a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of up to 1 year and up to $4,000. However, if the Tarrant County District Attorney’s alleges that you acted with intent to defraud or harm another, you may be charged with State Jail Felony, punishable by a term in a state jail facility of not more than 2 years but not less than 180 days.

Tampering with a Government Record may be punished as a third degree felony if it is proven that the government record was a public school record, report, or assessment instrument required under Chapter 39, Education Code, or was a license, certificate, permit, seal, title, letter of patent, or similar document issued by government, by another state, or by the United States, unless the actor’s intent is to defraud or harm another, in which event the offense is a felony of the second degree (punishable by a term in prison of not more than 20 years but not less than 2 years); a written report of a medical, chemical, toxicological, ballistic, or other expert examination or test performed on physical evidence for the purpose of determining the connection or relevance of the evidence to a criminal action; or a written report of the certification, inspection, or maintenance record of an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, or other similar device used in the course of an examination or test performed on physical evidence for the purpose of determining the connection or relevance of the evidence to a criminal action. If you present a standard proof of motor vehicle liability insurance form or proof of financial responsibility and the form is proven to have not been issued by an insurer authorized to write motor vehicle liability insurance in the State of Texas, Tampering with a Government Record may be charged as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of not more than 180 days and up to a $2,000 fine.

Tampering with a Government Record is a serious charge that poses serious criminal consequences if the prosecution leads to a conviction. At The Hampton Law Firm, I make it my top priority to work tirelessly to ensure that you are not convicted of this crime. In addition to working to ensure that you spend no time in prison or the Tarrant County jail, I also work to negotiate your case so that you can have the arrest for Tampering with a Government Record expunged or cleared from your criminal record.

Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation and an opportunity to speak to me about the facts of your case and the options you have under Texas law. Call Jeff Hampton at The Hampton Law Firm at 817-877-5200.