You hear a lot about cyberstalking on TV talk shows, in entertainment news and even as plots in courtroom dramas. Cyberstalking involves the use of the internet or other electronic means to harass or stalk an individual.
The Electronic Communications Act was passed in Texas in 2001. It explicitly prohibits cyberstalking, cyber harassment and other forms of online abuse. Using the internet to harass or abuse someone is a serious criminal offense in the state of Texas. These crimes can be considered a form of mental assault.
Some examples of cyberstalking are:
• False accusations
• Damage to reputation
• Facebook abuse
• Encouraging others to harass a victim
• Monitoring a victim’s online activities
• Online sexual abuse
• Arrangements to meet
• Internet sex crimes like exploitation, child pornography, indecency with a child, improper photography or visual recording and sexting.
Cyberstalking legislation in Texas is designed to protect victims. However, it’s important to remember than there are two sides to every story. Unsubstantiated claims of cyberstalking are quite common and are sometimes rooted in bad breakups, divorces or long-standing disagreements.
If you’ve been charged with cyberstalking, penalties can range from those for a Class B misdemeanor to those for a third degree felony! That can include fines of up to $10,000. It’s imperative to protect your legal rights. You need to hire a skilled, experienced attorney to defend you.
There are many defenses against a cyberstalking charge, which can include unreasonable perception of communication as harassing or threatening, and even the right to free speech. That’s why it’s so important to find the right attorney to defend you against chargers of cyberstalking in Texas. You’ll
need an attorney that’s a skilled courtroom litigator and won’t be quick to settle.
The law firm of Hoelscher Gebbia and Cepeda has the experience and expertise to help you navigate charges of cyberstalking and help you achieve a best outcome. Make an appointment for a free consultation as soon as possible if you’ve been charged with cyberstalking in San Antonio.