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Stalking Charges

Houston Stalking Charges Lawyer – Shahin Zamir

The proliferation of social media has played a part in a growing number of stalking allegations. With the ability to monitor someone’s actions on the Internet and in the real world, modern technology provides new avenues for stalking crimes to occur. It is important to know the legal definition of stalking allegations to be able to determine whether a certain action can have legal consequences.

Call Houston attorney Shahin Zamir: 713-223-8900.

What is Stalking?

The legal system recognizes certain types of behavior that can lead to accusations of stalking. In most cases, a person who issues a complaint about harassment behavior must show some evidence of the alleged actions. The Texas Penal Code States that some common behaviors that can lead to allegations of stalking include:

Types of Stalking

In some cases, charges of stalking or similar charges can be filed for behavior that does not meet the traditional definition of stalking. In recent years, this has often been the case with intimidation behavior carried out over the Internet. In these cases, charges of cyber harassment or cyberstalking can be issued if someone uses social media, email or chat rooms to send repeated unwanted communications or threats to another person.

Harassment is a less serious form of stalking. Harassment involves behavior that is considered less dangerous than stalking but still serious enough to warrant prosecution. This can include behaviors like repeated hang-up phone calls, excessive profane language, bullying, teasing or slander.

Punishment for Stalking

A conviction for stalking is serious business. For example:

  • A conviction for stalking is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines.
  • A conviction for harassment is a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
  • Repeated convictions for stalking can be upgraded to felonies

To learn more about stalking charges or to schedule a legal appointment, contact Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900.