It seems like the Texas legislature is trying to play catch up with social
networking technology this term. For example, Online Impersonation is now a
criminal offense. Previously, Section 33.07(a) of the Penal Code penalized only targets
harassing conduct committed on commercial social networking sites that
are defined under Section 33.07(f)(1). Although targeted online harassment
can occur on other Internet websites, conduct committed on those websites
was previousl excluded from prosecution. The purpose of the new law is
to retitle the former Online Harassment offense as Online Impersonation,
giving 33.07(a) a broader net.
This now includes targeted online harassment through impersonation committed
not only on commercial social networking sites, but also on any other
Internet website such as Craig’s List. The law makes it a third
degree felony to impersonate another person without their permission on
any website by posting information or sending messages with the intent
to harm, defraud, threaten or intimidate any person.
If you have been charged with online impersonation in Houston,
call our Houston criminal defense firm today for the aggressive representation you deserve.