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Harassment

Houston Harassment Lawyer

Any type of behavior or communication that is intended to torment, embarrass, frighten or abuse another person may be considered harassment. Harassing behavior is an action or series of actions that are intrusive, unwanted and reasonably likely to cause stress, fear or an embarrassed response.

Examples of harassing behavior may include stalking, repeated phone calls or emails, obscene language, threats and property damage.

There are different kinds of charges for bothering others. Unwanted sexual advances could lead to charges of sexual harassment. Making life difficult for someone because of their race or ethnicity could be considered racial harassment. No matter what type, harassment is a legally prohibited behavior that can have legal consequences.

Penalties for Harassment

A conviction on alarming somebody can lead to jail time and fines. In some cases, a judge may invoke a restraining order against the defendant. This order requires the defendant to remain a predetermined distance away from the alleged harassment victim at all times. Violating this order could result in arrest and enhanced penalties.

According to the Texas Penal Code, some punishments for hurting others in Houston may include:

  • Up to 180 days in county jail and a $2000 fine for a first offense
  • Up to one year in county jail and a $4000 fine for subsequent offenses
  • Restraining orders and loss of certain rights
  • Court-mandated counseling or psychological treatment

Legal Defenses for Bothering People

The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant engaged in the alleged harassing behavior with the specific intention to annoy, harass, torment, abuse or embarrass another person in Texas. This is not always easy to do.

For example, the defense attorney could introduce evidence to show that the defendant did not intend to threaten or frighten anyone. In the case of a romantic breakup, the attorney could argue that the defendant was legitimately concerned about the ex-partner and was trying to reestablish a connection.

The attorney could argue that the alleged victim did not make it clear that the relationship had ended or that the alleged victim also engaged in harassing behavior. These arguments may weaken the prosecution’s evidence and convince the judge to reduce or drop the charges.

Reach out to a Texas Attorney

Charges for making life difficult are very scary. After getting arrested, it’s best to hire a legal professional who has a clear mind and understands the U.S. legal system. Get a hold of Rand Mintzer today by calling 713-862-8880.