The Texas penal code considers barratry to be a misdemeanor offense on the first conviction, but a third-degree felony offense on subsequent convictions. Texas law also allows victims of barratry to collect a $10,000 penalty for each illegal phone or in-person solicitation by a lawyer or his/her representative. Victims are also entitled to actual damages arising from the illegal conduct as well as attorney’s fees. These civil remedies apply to contracts entered into on or after September 1, 2011.
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