This is the first post in a series of articles addressing defenses against charges of stalking or harassment in Austin, Texas. Allegations of either offense are serious matters. These terms are often used casually in everyday conversations by those without knowledge of what legally constitutes criminal stalking or harassment. The goal of this series is to provide information, to those accused, about the true elements of these offenses and how to respond if charged. Another goal of this series is to encourage those facing stalking or harassment allegations to retain a knowledgeable defense attorney as soon as possible 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 will address several key topics, including:
- 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
The subjects listed above are important for multiple reasons. First, a victim of stalking or harassment must genuinely feel that their safety or peace of mind is being threatened by the other party. Many times, these charges are threatened or law enforcement becomes involved when parties are simply not getting along and bothering each other. It is important to understand what is legally considered criminal behavior. Second, a person faced with an emergency protective order, or who is served with notice of a hearing on an application for a protective order, may not know how to respond. It is essential to understand that one’s actions while an order is in place may have a serious impact on the ultimate outcome of the case. Third, unfortunately, false accusations of stalking or harassment can lead to criminal charges. One must still respond and defend against bogus claims to prove that they are false. Last, when the parties are unable to resolve the matter on their own, the case will proceed to trial. An accused person should understand how a defense attorney may help navigate the trial process.
If you have been charged with stalking or harassment, 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.