This is the final post in a series of articles discussing defenses against charges of stalking or harassment in Laredo, Texas. My previous post addressed the common misconception that such matters can be resolved privately between the individuals involved. That is not the case. Stalking and harassment are criminal charges. Once a person has been charged with either offense, the decision of whether to prosecute the case is solely in the hands of the state authorities. Throughout this series of articles, my objective has been to provide information about stalking and harassment charges and how to respond if you have been accused of such behavior. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series addressed the following topics:
- Understanding the legal definitions and potential penalties for stalking and harassment
- How to respond if a court issues an emergency protective order against you
- Responding to stalking or harassment charges based on false claims
- Taking a case to trial when a resolution cannot be reached
- Understanding that stalking and harassment are not private legal claims
Residents facing charges for such offenses should understand these subjects for several reasons. First, understanding what types of actions may be considered stalking or harassment can help individuals avoid engaging in criminal activity. Second, it is imperative to take protective orders seriously and respond appropriately. An attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations. Third, false accusations of stalking and harassment are very common. Many people believe they can simply explain to a Judge that the other individual is lying and have the fabricated charges against them dismissed. Given the potentially serious consequences, it is important to vigorously defend oneself when wrongly accused. Fourth, should a case proceed to the trial phase, the accused should understand what to expect during that process. Last, because stalking and harassment are criminal offenses, private individuals do not have the option to drop the charges against an accused, even if they change their minds later.
If you have been accused of stalking and harassment, it is critical to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to represent your legal interests. My office is ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a Laredo criminal defense lawyer. My office also serves clients in other areas of south Texas.