PENALTIES FOR UNLAWFUL DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES UNDER THE TEXAS FINANCE CODE
Sec. 392.402. CRIMINAL PENALTY. (a) A person commits an offense if the person violates this chapter.
(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500 for each violation.
(c) A misdemeanor charge under this section must be filed not later than the first anniversary of the date of the alleged violation.Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1008, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Sec. 392.403. CIVIL REMEDIES. (a) A person may sue for:
(1) injunctive relief to prevent or restrain a violation of this chapter; and
(2) actual damages sustained as a result of a violation of this chapter.
(b) A person who successfully maintains an action under Subsection (a) is entitled to attorney's fees reasonably related to the amount of work performed and costs.
(c) On a finding by a court that an action under this section was brought in bad faith or for purposes of harassment, the court shall award the defendant attorney's fees reasonably related to the work performed and costs.
(d) If the attorney general reasonably believes that a person is violating or is about to violate this chapter, the attorney general may bring an action in the name of this state against the person to restrain or enjoin the person from violating this chapter.
(e) A person who successfully maintains an action under this section for violation of Section 392.101, 392.202, or 392.301(a)(3) is entitled to not less than $100 for each violation of this chapter.
Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1008, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997