AUSTIN, Texas -- On March 7, 2017, Representative Tomas Uresti filed House Bill 3192 to strengthen the punishment for certain offenses committed against a child, an elderly individual, or a disabled individual.
H.B. 3192, or "Fight Back Bill," focuses on crimes against protected groups, including children, the disabled, and the elderly. Specifically, it aims to impose stiffer penalties on assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, statutory rape, and other crimes that cause injury or harm to a member of a protected group.
Through this bill, these heinous crimes will be punished with shock probation, a minimum sentence of 180 days in jail.
Representative Uresti filed this bill in conjunction with his brother, Senator Carlos Uresti (San Antonio), who filed S.B. 1436 on March 8, 2017.
S.B. 1436 also seeks to impose heavier punishment for crimes against those protected groups. It makes any long term abuse, repeat abuse, or abuse of a victim under the age of 6 a felony of the first degree. Abuse with serious bodily injury or with multiple victims will also be a first degree felony, but with a minimum sentencing of 15 years.
These two bills will work together to further protect vulnerable groups in the state of Texas, and will give them stronger means than before to fight back against criminals who may be given less punishment than they deserve.
These bills will decrease horrific crimes committed against our communities' most vulnerable by deterring them through stiffer punishment and penalties.