Stalking Defense Lawyer
Defending Against Charges of Stalking in the Denton, TX Area
Stalking is a criminal offense in Texas that involves a pattern of malicious behavior toward another individual. Many different acts can lead to stalking allegations, as long as they are repeated acts. A one-time incident should not lead to a stalking arrest and charges. Stalking is a serious criminal charge, and you can face harsh penalties for a conviction. You should always seek help from an experienced stalking defense lawyer as soon as possible if you are accused of this offense.
The Law Office of Brent D. Bowen, PLLC, handles stalking-related cases, and we can address all aspects of your case. These cases not only involve a criminal matter, but they can also involve a separate case if the stalking victim seeks a restraining order. This type of criminal conviction can have lasting effects on your life, so you want to fight it as aggressively as possible. Call us directly if you are accused of stalking or related offenses.
Stalking in Texas
Stalking is a crime in every state, and the State of Texas defines stalking as knowingly engaging in conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel threatened or afraid. Some examples of acts that might lead to stalking charges include the following:
- Showing up at someone’s home or work repeatedly after they told you to stay away from them
- Following or shadowing someone
- Contacting someone repeatedly via text, email, or phone
- Repeatedly leaving unwanted messages or gifts for someone
The conduct involved in a stalking offense should be both menacing and continuing. The prosecutor must prove that the pattern of behavior reasonably caused the victim to feel a threat of harm to themselves or their family, or to feel harassed, annoyed, alarmed, abused, tormented, embarrassed, or offended.
Possible Penalties for Stalking
Though many people consider stalking a minor offense, it is charged as a third-degree felony in Texas. These are serious charges, and the law allows the following penalties if you are convicted of a third-degree felony:
- Fines up to $10,000
- Two to ten years in state prison
If you already have a stalking conviction on your record, you can be charged with a second-degree felony for a subsequent offense. The penalties will then increase to a possible 20 years in prison.
In addition, you might become subject to a restraining order obtained by the stalking victim, which can significantly restrict your rights. A restraining order can prevent you from going certain places, owning a firearm, or having any contact with the victim or their family.
Contact a Denton, TX Stalking Defense Attorney for Help
Having a felony on your record can have lasting consequences, even after you finish a prison sentence. You want to avoid a stalking conviction whenever you can, so you should consult with the Law Office of Brent D. Bowen, PLLC, as soon as you can following an arrest. Call 940-222-2488 or contact us online to learn how an experienced stalking defense lawyer in Texas can help.