Gearing up for representation of those accused of voter fraud or voter intimidation. These crimes can be a little obscure. It is a 3rd degree felony to retaliate against a voter (2-10 years in the pokey).
An interesting tidbit is that someone voting or going to or from voting may not be arrested accept for treason, a felony or a breach of the peace.
Hacking into electronic voting systems is a 1st degree felony (5-99 years in the slammer). Please take note Mr. Putin.
The illegal voting statute in Texas says:
(a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) votes or attempts to vote in an election in which the person knows the person is not eligible to vote;
(2) knowingly votes or attempts to vote more than once in an election;
(3) knowingly impersonates another person and votes or attempts to vote as the impersonated person; or
(4) knowingly marks or attempts to mark another person's ballot without the consent of that person.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree unless the person is convicted of an attempt. In that case, the offense is a state jail felony.
So if you vote twice for example, you are facing 2-20 years. If you attempt to vote twice but get caught before you complete the second vote you are only facing 180 days to 2 years.
At Ball & Hase, we are prepared for representation of voters who violate voting laws, or even folks that are not legal voters who vote or attempt to vote. As for all crimes, the initial consultation is free. If you are faced with voter fraud charges, consult with a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist at Ball & Hase, P.C. Be sure and visit our website at: www.ballhase.com