The press release said the Texas Legislature enacted the laws aimed at those who take advantage of others during the emergency, and Ligon's office will utilize the provision to seek the "next higher category of offense" for those who commit crimes pertaining to the disaster. For example, Ligon's office pursued a case of looting during Hurricane Harvey. The defendant was then charged with burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to five years in jail.
Ligon's office also said Texas law prohibits price gouging, or selling items such as food, fuel or medicine for an excessive price. The press release said citizens to file complaints of potential price gouging with the DA's office.
The press release also said in compliance with the 50-person maximum capacity set by the county, Montgomery County courts will update its schedule to allow defendants on bond and juries to reset their cases for a future date. Each court will update its own schedule.