ONLINE STALKING CHARGES
Experienced Houston Internet Crimes Attorney
Using the internet or email to stalk a victim can be considered online stalking. Stalking itself is defined as conduct directed towards a target by a person with the intent the victim would regard as a threat of bodily injury or death. Though it is a relatively recent law, online stalking has serious consequences. If you are under investigation for online or cyber stalking, call our Houston criminal defense attorney to get the legal defense you deserve.
What is considered online stalking?
Internet or cyber stalking is a felony that could result in many years behind bars. Internet crimes such as online stalking require a robust defense that can protect your future from such a devastating blow to your record. Online stalking can be difficult to define since it takes place in virtual space.
This crimes breaks down as follows:
- Using another person’s name to create a web page to post messages on a social network site
- Posting content without the other person’s consent with the intent to harm or intimidate
- Sending emails or instant messages that reference identifying information of another person
- Intending to defraud another person by way of such a communication
- Intending to harm any person
You are innocent until proven guilty and Herman Martinez can work to cast doubt upon your charges.
Penalties for a Conviction in Texas
Defrauding or intimidating online can be charged as a third degree felony which is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. This is the equivalent of being caught with 50 pounds of marijuana on your person.
Sending emails or text messages as described above can be considered a Class A misdemeanor which carries up to a year of jail time and/or $4,000 in fines.
Trust Us to Handle Your Case with Professionalism and Tenacity
You need a Houston criminal defense attorney with experience as a prosecutor for such a complex charge. Harman Martinez has spent almost 20 years practicing law as both a defense attorney and a Chief Prosecutor. Our firm can work tireless to protect you from a conviction and we make ourselves available to you 24/7 to answer questions and listen to your concerns.
Call us today if you have been charged with online or cyber stalking in Houston.