Texas, along with all other states, has implemented legislation that addresses the crime of stalking. Often, stalking is associated with an individual following another person and making them feel threatened. While this could amount to stalking, the definition of the crime is much broader in scope than this.
Stalking is classified as a 3rd-degree felony, with repeat charges potentially amounting to a 2nd-degree felony. If you’ve been accused of this offense and are not guilty, it’s vital to defend your rights.
Defining stalking in Texas
A one-off event is not enough to amount to the crime of stalking. The most fundamental aspect of this crime is that it needs to be a pattern of behavior that happens on more than one occasion.
The conduct also must put the individual in a state of fear, or be capable of putting any reasonable person in a state of fear. The accused must also be aware that their conduct is likely to be considered threatening.
Importantly, it is not enough for the behavior to be generally threatening, it must be addressed to a specific person.
Have you been wrongly accused?
Stalking is not an easy crime to narrow down as the above behaviors are fairly wide in scope. For instance, a person may be paranoid and believe you are threatening them when you have no knowledge of doing so. For instance, your daily walk may coincide with someone else’s, and they may think that you are following them or trying to intimidate them.
When facing charges of stalking, it’s vital that you come up with a suitable defense strategy. Having experienced legal guidance behind you can make it a lot easier.