Stalking is a serious crime that is harshly prosecuted due to the implication of future criminal activity, and fear on part of the victim.
Stalking charges are often based on nothing more than coincidences and convenient, but well placed, facts as a way to garner criminal charges as a form of a weaponized law that’s often used out of spite on the former romantic companions of accusers, in some cases.
Understanding Stalking Charges
Stalking occurs if the conduct of the accused causes the victim to have a reasonable fear that they’ll be hurt or murdered, or that someone in their family, or close to them, will be injured or murdered.
Stalking can also be charged if the accused feels that their property will be damaged.
If you’re accused of stalking, Houston area law enforcement will move in for a fast arrest if the determination is made that a crime took place. When a person makes a claim that someone is following, stalking, or harassing them, the Houston Police Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies in the Houston area, will take the case seriously and seek to detain & arrest the accused immediately.
Texas Criminal Penalties for Stalking
3RD DEGREE FELONY
If the defendant is found guilty of Stalking, on their first offense, they will be charged with a 3rd Degree Felony which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 and prison sentencing guidelines which range from 2 to 10 years.
2ND DEGREE FELONY
If you’re arrested by police and found guilty in the court of law for a 2nd or more Stalking offense, you’ll be prosecuted for a 2nd Degree Felony which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 with a potential jail term that can range from 2 to 20 years in prison.
Charged With Stalking? Call Attorney Capitaine
If you need help dealing with a criminal charge of stalking, call Houston stalking defense attorney Christian Capitaine at 832-618-7831.
In order to win a stalking conviction in the court of law, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office must prove every part of the stalking charge. Attorney Christian Capitaine is an experienced criminal law attorney when it comes to defending persons who have been accused of stalking, and has gained great results for clients of his that have opted to plead guilty, as well as for those who told Christian they were innocent.
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