Dallas Harassment Attorney

In Texas, harassment is a crime that covers a wide array of conduct.  If it is alleged that you have communicated with someone by telephone, email, instant message, fax machine, pager, or any other electronic means with the intent to “harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass” someone else, you can be charged with harassment.  This offense includes any communication that is obscene, threatens bodily injury, or threatens the commission of a felony against another or the property of another.  Also, you can be charge with harassment if you knowingly communicate a false report to another person that someone has died, or suffered serious bodily injury.  Finally, under the statute, you can be charged with telephone harassment if it’s alleged that you

have made repeated hang-up calls or repeatedly make anonymous calls with the intent to harass.  You can also be charged with telephone harassment if you knowingly allow someone else to do any of these things with your phone.

Harassment is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 180 days in the county jail, and up to a $2,000 fine.  If you’ve previously been convicted of harassment, a second or subsequent offense can be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty range of up to 1 year in the county jail, and up to a $4,000 fine.

If you’ve been charged with harassment or telephone harassment, you could be looking at serious jail time.