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Cyberstalking Criminal Defense Attorney

If you live in Texas and have been charged with stalking or harassing someone online, it’s crucial to enlist the legal guidance of a knowledgeable cyberstalking defense lawyer who is well-versed in local and federal statutes regarding computer crimes. Dallas criminal defense attorney Jeff King can effectively argue your case, and may be able to reduce charges or have the case dismissed entirely.

 

In 2001, Texas updated its penal code statutes to include online harassment, cyberstalking and forms of cyberbullying. Under state Penal Code 33.07, cyberstalking that includes threats of physical violence or harm can be punishable with a felony conviction. Texas cyberstalking laws address computer crimes in which the perpetrator uses the Internet or social networking platform to intimidate, threaten, defraud or try to harm another individual.

 

As evidenced by recent cases, Texas law enforcement officials take cyberstalking accusations very seriously and work diligently to prosecute suspects to the law’s full extent – whether a misdemeanor or felony charge.

What is Cyberstalking?

The harassment, intimidation or bullying of a person using electronic means of communication – including text messages, email, the Internet, chat rooms, or instant messages – is considered cyberstalking.

 

In many cases, the Internet affords cyberstalkers some level of anonymity, allowing them to pursue, threaten or bully their victims without fear of being identified. Cyberstalkers may know their victims intimately or be complete strangers.

 

Cyberstalking takes many forms, and may include:

  • Online sexual harassment
  • Posting threatening or intimidating emails or content online
  • Exploitation of minors
  • Identity theft
  • Posting false or damaging information online about a person
  • Emailing or “sexting” unwanted sexual content, pictures or video
  • Cyberbullying
  • Using web pages to post false and/or defamatory information about another
  • Using social media or chat rooms to harass, alarm, embarrass, or torment another
  • Using the Internet to psychologically torment a person
  • Pretending to be the victim, causing them substantial emotional distress
  • Willfully threatening or harassing another through electronic means of communication

Cyberstalking in Texas

 

Being accused of stalking, intimidating, threatening or harassing someone online is a serious allegation in Texas. Cyberstalking can result in state or federal charges, steep penalties, prison time in a federal penitentiary, and inclusion on a sex offender registry.

 

Given the gravity of such a conviction, it’s imperative to retain a skilled cyberstalking defense lawyer as soon as possible. Keep in mind that under federal cyberstalking statutes, suspects who use “mail, any interactive computer service, or any facility of interstate or foreign commerce to engage in a course of conduct that causes substantial emotional distress to [another] person” can face heavy fines and a prison sentence of up to five years.

 

Partnering with a skilled lawyer when first charged or approached by law enforcement can mean the difference between a case dismissal and a felony conviction. Never speak about allegations or your case until you’ve retained legal counsel.

 

Our practice engages a broad range of experts to gather evidence and tailor your defense for the best outcome possible. Possible defenses in cyberstalking cases include mistaken identity, false accusations, lack of evidence pointing to a “credible threat,” and the constitutional right to exercise one’s freedom of speech.

 

Do not let a simple mistake or single instance of poor judgment ruin your life. Call the Dallas law offices of Jeffery King for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Cyberstalking Laws

According to Texas penal code, cyberstalking may occur through various electronic means, including “communication initiated by electronic mail, instant message, network call, or facsimile machine and pager.”

 

A cyberstalking conviction in Texas can result in life-altering ramifications. Even if the crime is categorized as a misdemeanor, a conviction can negatively impact professional opportunities, your reputation, and your livelihood.

 

Cyberbullying cases have been playing out across the nation. As of 2016, the Department of Justice reports that nearly 90 people have been charged with federal crimes relating to cyberstalking, prompting some critics to criticize the government for federalizing disputes that are civil in nature.

Cyberstalking defense attorney

Texas attorney Jeffery King leverages 15 years of criminal defense experience, and has tried more than 1,000 cases. He has a keen understanding of changing cyber crime laws in Texas and can develop effective strategies that may lessen charges or prompt courts to dismiss the case.

 

If you are concerned about a cyberstalking charge, and would like to get the very best legal representation, we invite you to contact the Law Office of Jeff King for a no-charge consultation.

Additional Texas Cyberstalking Resources:

  1. HaltAbuseorg, Online Harrassment http://www.haltabuse.org/resources/laws/texas.shtml
  2. LegalDictionary, Cyberstalking http://legaldictionary.net/cyberstalking/
  3. Houston Chronicle, Local man faces federal trial in alleged cyber stalking http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Local-man-faces-federal-trial-in-alleged-cyber-6873948.php
  4. TexasStateStatutes, Penal Code Sec. 33.01 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.33.htm
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