This is the final post in a series of articles addressing defenses against charges of stalking or harassment in Austin, Texas. The goal of this series has been to provide information about these commonly referenced crimes and how one should respond if facing allegations of either. Another goal of this series has been to explain that stalking and harassment are serious offenses with potentially significant consequences. It is imperative to vigorously defend oneself against such charges. I cannot stress enough the importance of engaging a knowledgeable defense attorney to represent your interests. If you have been accused of stalking or harassing someone, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series addressed the following key topics:
- Understanding the legal definitions and potential penalties of stalking and harassment
- How to respond if a court issues an emergency protective order against you, or if you are served with notice of a hearing for a protective order
- Responding to stalking or harassment charges based on false claims
- Taking a case to trial when a resolution cannot be reached
It is important to have an understanding of these topics if you or a loved one have been arrested. First, one should have a basic knowledge of the type of behavior that is legally considered stalking or harassment. Communicating a threat, or even making repeated communications that are reasonably likely to annoy another person can be considered harassment. A person can be charged with stalking if they engage in repeated conduct that places another person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or property damage. Second, someone accused of stalking or harassment may be faced with an emergency protective order or receive notice of a hearing for a protective order. One’s actions while an order is in place could impact the ultimate outcome of the case. Third, even if the accusation is false, one must still respond and defend against the charge. If not taken seriously, false claims may result in criminal penalties. Finally, if a case proceeds to trial, one should know what to expect and how a defense attorney may help represent your interests.
If you have been charged with a crime, my office is ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with an Austin lawyer. My office also serves the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas. Call today to speak with an attorney.