Harassment comes in many forms. In Texas and elsewhere, some of them are illegal and subject to serious penalties, while others are only thought civil in nature but still subject to civil liability. When harassment claims border the line of violent crimes, those accused of the behavior may find themselves in need of a good criminal defense, as the consequences may be quite harsh.

What is harassment and what is the difference between criminal and civil harassment? Harassment can be defined as targeting a person with the intention to annoy, terrorize or torment. Civil harassment is often thought of as workplace or other discrimination. Those who are victims of such actions may pursue compensation in civil court.

Criminal harassment, on the other hand, often comes in the forms of stalking, cyberstalking or menacing. This harassment is continuous and causes the victim to fear for his or her safety. Victims are permitted to seek orders of protection which, if violated, could land the accused in greater legal trouble.

Texas residents who are accused of criminal harassment stand to face a number of serious penalties if they are ultimately convicted. Penalties for violent crimes such as this include jail time, prison time and fines — among others. A harassment charge is no laughing matter. It can ruin one’s personal and professional reputation. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, one can question any evidence offered in the case, which may bring new details to light that can help one fight his or her case in court.

Source: FindLaw, “Harassment“, Accessed on Jan. 22, 2018