All domestic violence crimes constitute serious criminal charges which can lead to an array of penalties that can affect your future. A thorough and aggressive legal defense is needed in any case where you have been accused of stalking as a domestic violence offense. Hamilton Grant PC is a criminal defense firm serving the Collin County area that you can trust to provide such a thorough defense.
Stalking under Texas Law
The Texas Penal Code Section 42.072 defines stalking. You will be charged with stalking if you engage in a course of knowing conduct on more than one occasion that is directed against the same person. This conduct is defined as following the person in a manner that is perceived to be threatening to the alleged victim such as with threat of bodily injury to the victim, threat of bodily injury to the victim’s family or household members, or threat of damage to the victim’s property. Such threatening behavior must be seen as behavior which would create fear in a reasonable person. Stalking can also include threats made through the mail or by phone. The threats may also be made against the victim by a person who is acting for the stalker.
A first offense of stalking is charged as third degree felony. In second or subsequent convictions, it is charged as a second degree felony. Third degree felonies carry penalties of two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Second degree felonies carry penalties of two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Victims of stalking in a domestic violence situation may seek a protective court order which will prohibit the alleged offender against any form of contact.
Dedicated Legal Help from a Texas Stalking Lawyer
Fighting your stalking charge with an effective legal defense is imperative if you wish to obtain the best possible case result. That can be done with the help of our accomplished attorney and legal team. Contact us to find out where you stand, what to expect, and what can be done to achieve an optimum outcome today.