Harassment in the State of Texas

By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on September 04, 2016

Harassment Attorney in Austin, Texas
 
 
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According to the Texas Penal Code, harassment in the State of Texas is the use of electronic or written communication intended to “harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass” another person. “Harassment” is an admittedly vague term, and covers a wide range of behaviors. 
 
Examples of harassment include:
 
Make a statement to another person that might be considered obscene.
Threaten another person or their property with bodily injury.
Falsely report to someone that another person is dead or has been seriously injured.
Repeatedly call someone’s phone with the intent to annoy or harass them.
Make a phone call and fail to hang up the phone after the conversation has ended.
Allow someone else to use your phone to commit any of the above mentioned offenses.
 
Typically harassment is considered a Class B Misdemeanor, but it could be enhanced to a Class A Misdemeanor if you have been convicted of harassment before.
 
If you or someone you know has been accused of the crime of harassment, a strong criminal defense attorney can help your chances of getting the charge reduced or completely dismissed. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of experience in criminal law. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.
 
 
Potential Consequences
 
According to the Texas Penal Code, harassment can take place via a wide variety of platforms, including phone calls, email, messenger platforms, text, and even fax. “Obscene communication” specifically refers to messages of a sexual nature.  Therefore, the specific details of the message and your intent behind relaying the message are very important in harassment cases
 
If you are convicted of the crime of harassment, it is typically a Class B Misdemeanor
 
First-time offenders may face potential consequences including:
 
Up to 1-year in jail.
A fine of up to $4,000.
 
If you have a previous harassment conviction on your record, the charge might be enhanced to a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries additional penalties.
 
Contact Us at 512-457-5200
 
If you or someone you know has been accused of the crime of harassment, retaining an attorney may greatly increase your chances of a favorable outcome on your case. Jason Trumpler is an experienced criminal defense attorney who currently practices in Central Texas counties including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Lee, Bell, Bastrop, Burnet, Comal, and Caldwell. Contact us today at 512-457-5200.
 

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