Harassment is defined under the law as behavior that embarrasses, demeans, torments or alarms another person. Examples of harassment include the threat of injury, making obscene phone calls, falsely reporting a death, or similar. Nearly always, harassment occurs between people who know one another. Romantic involvements that have gone bad are perhaps one of the most common causes of harassment. If you’ve been charged with harassing another, you need to contact an experienced attorney. The Law Office of Diana E. Sims of Houston, Texas offers you expert and knowledgeable legal representation in your harassment case.
In the state of Texas, various forms of online harassment may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending upon the seriousness of the offense. Using someone else’s identity to post a web page or using a false identification to send messages to someone for the purpose of committing fraud is a felony. Since internet communication often involves confusion and misunderstanding, retaining a competent defense attorney is always crucial if you’ve been charged with such an offense. Texas has several laws that regulate online harassment and cyberbullying, and you need a lawyer who is familiar with them all. With nearly two decades of experience, attorney Diana E. Sims of Houston, Texas will evaluate your case and create your best defense.
Most of the first-time charges for any type of online or other harassment consist of Class B misdemeanors that carry a penalty of up to 180 days in jail or a $2000 fine. However, repeat offenses can lead to a charge of a Class A misdemeanor, which can be considered a felony and may lead to years of imprisonment. If you were under a restraining order at the time of the harassment charge, you can also be charged with violating that order. All harassment charges in Texas are serious and may leave a permanent negative mark on your criminal record.
If you’ve been charged with harassment, call to schedule a free consultation with a harassment charges defense attorney in Houston, Texas today. You’ll find that the Law Office of Diana E. Sims is familiar with the local Texas judicial system and is dedicated to aggressively defending your rights in your harassment charges case. Diana E. Sims and her professional staff will evaluate your case for its merits and give you the expert legal advice you need. Give us a call at (713) 236-9800 today and we’ll discuss your case with you for free. Let us be your advocates and guide you through this legal journey.