PROPOSED CHANGES: Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges—Crimes Against Persons & Property

Drafts of new language for the 2020 edition of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges—Crimes Against Persons & Property  are now available as proposed changes. Load the PDF to your browser by clicking the download button below. The committee that works on this edition strives for objective, well-drafted charges and commentary that accurately reflect Texas law. Your feedback will help the committee achieve that goal. Take the time to review the new material and send comments to books@texasbar.com. As always, TexasBarBooks appreciates your assistance in crafting jury charges that are the most widely accepted in Texas.

Read a summary of new charges and proposed changes below.

A Summary of the New Charges and Proposed Changes

CPJC 80.9 Instruction—Capital Murder—Murder in the Course of Committing a Specified Offense — CHANGED
CPJC 80.10 Instruction—Capital Murder—Murder for Remuneration — CHANGED
CPJC 80.12 Instruction—Capital Murder—Murder of More than One Person — CHANGED
CPJC 80.14 Instruction—Capital Murder—Murder of Individual Ten or Older but Younger than Fifteen Years of Age — NEW

CPJC 84.2 Instruction—Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children — CHANGED
CPJC 84.3 Instruction—Indecency with Child by Contact—Touching by Defendant — CHANGED
CPJC 84.4 Instruction—Indecency with Child—Touching by Victim — CHANGED
CPJC 84.5 Instruction—Indecency with Child—Exposure by Defendant — CHANGED
CPJC 84.6 Instruction—Indecency with Child—Exposure by Child — CHANGED
CPJC 84.9 Instruction—Sexual Assault of Adult by Force, Violence, or Coercion — CHANGED
CPJC 84.10 Instruction—Sexual Assault of Adult by Force, Violence, or Coercion or by Threat of Force or Violence — CHANGED
CPJC 84.11 Instruction—Sexual Assault of Child — CHANGED
CPJC 84.12 Instruction—Sexual Assault of a Child—Multiple Orifices Alleged in a Single Count — NEW
CPJC 84.13 Instruction—Sexual Assault of a Child—Multiple Orifices By Multiple Means Alleged in a Single Count — NEW
CPJC 84.19 Instruction—Aggravated Sexual Assault of Adult — CHANGED
CPJC 84.20 Instruction—Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child between Fourteen and Seventeen — CHANGED
CPJC 84.21 Instruction—Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child under Fourteen— CHANGED
CPJC 84.22 Instruction—Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child under Six — CHANGED

CPJC 85.2 Instruction—Assault by Threat — CHANGED
CPJC 85.4 Instruction—Assault by Impeding Normal Breathing or Circulation — NEW
CPJC 85.5 Instruction—Aggravated Assault by Causing Serious Bodily Injury — CHANGED
CPJC 85.8 Instruction—Serious Bodily Injury to Child by Act — CHANGED
CPJC 85.9 Comments on Injury to a Child and Lesser-Included Offenses — NEW
CPJC 85.10 Instruction—First-Degree-Felony Serious Bodily Injury to Child by Act with Second-Degree Injury as a Lesser (With Both Approaches to Lesser-Included Offenses) — NEW
CPJC 85.11 Instruction—Serious Bodily Injury to Child by Omission—Duty Created by Assumption of Care, Custody, or Control with “Notice” Defense — CHANGED
CPJC 85.12 Instruction—Serious Bodily Injury to Child by Omission—Duty Created by Parental Relationship — CHANGED
CPJC 85.16 Instruction—Endangering Child by Act — CHANGED
CPJC 85.17 Instruction—Abandoning Child—State Jail Felony — CHANGED
CPJC 85.18 Instruction—Abandoning Child—Third-Degree Felony — CHANGED
CPJC 85.19 Instruction—Abandoning Child—Second-Degree Felony — CHANGED
CPJC 85.24 Instruction—Terroristic Threat— CHANGED

CPJC 86.1 Violation of Protective Order or Bond Condition Generally — NEW
CPJC 86.2 Instruction—Third-Degree-Felony Violation of a Protective Order by Committing Family-Violence Bodily-Injury Assault — NEW
CPJC 86.3 Instruction—Violation of a Protective Order by Communicating  by Any Means — NEW
CPJC 86.4 Instruction—Violation of a Protective Order by Going Near Prohibited Place— NEW

CPJC 87.2 Instruction—Robbery by Threat— CHANGED
CPJC 87.4 Instruction—Aggravated Robbery by Threat and Use or Exhibition of Deadly Weapon — CHANGED
CPJC 87.5 Instruction—Aggravated Robbery by Threatening Person Sixty-Five or Older or Disabled Person— CHANGED

CPJC 90.2 Instruction—Arson of Building, Habitation, or Vehicle within Limits of Incorporated City or Town — CHANGED
CPJC 90.4 Instruction—Arson on Open-Space Land— CHANGED

CPJC 91.3 Instruction—Burglary of Building by Entry with Intent to Commit Offense — CHANGED
CPJC 91.4 Instruction—Burglary of Building by Entry and Commission of Offense — CHANGED
CPJC 91.5 Instruction—Burglary of Habitation by Entry with Intent to Commit Offense — CHANGED
CPJC 91.6 Instruction—Burglary of Building by Entry with Intent to Commit Offense or Entry and Commission of Offense — CHANGED
CPJC 91.11 Instruction—Criminal Trespass by Entering Building — CHANGED
CPJC 91.12 Instruction—Criminal Trespass by Entering Habitation—Class A Misdemeanor — CHANGED
CPJC 91.13 Instruction—Criminal Trespass by Remaining in Building — CHANGED

CPJC 93.2 Instruction—Misapplication of Fiduciary Property — CHANGED

CPJC 94.2 Instruction—Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse — CHANGED

CPJC 95.2 Instruction—Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information—State Jail Felony — CHANGED
CPJC 95.3 Instruction—Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information—Third-, Second-, or First-Degree Felony — CHANGED

CPJC 96.2 Instruction—Money Laundering — CHANGED

CPJC 97.1 General Comments on Failure to Stop and Render Aid — NEW
CPJC 97.2 Instruction—Failure to Stop and Render Aid — NEW

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