In Texas, you can be arrested for telephone harassment if it’s alleged that, with the intent to harass someone, you repeatedly called someone on the phone for the purpose of annoying or harassing them. Likewise, you can be charged with telephone harassment if you repeatedly make hang-up calls to someone. Also, if you allow someone else to do these sorts of things with your phone, you can be charged with telephone harassment.
Telephone harassment is charged under a statute which also covers more general forms of harassment. In addition to telephone harassment cases, this statute can be used to charge you with harassment if you’re alleged to have communicated with another person by email, fax, instant message, social media, or any other electronic method, and you intended to “harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass” them.
The law further provides that you can be charged with harassment if you engage in a communication that is obscene, threatens bodily or injury or damage to property of another, or threatens the commission of a felony. Finally, you can be charged with harassment if you make a false report that another person has suffered a serious bodily injury or has died.
Harassment is a Class B Misdemeanor
Harassment is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty range of up to 180 days in the county jail, and up to a $2,000 fine. If you have a prior conviction for harassment, your harassment case can be enhanced to a class A misdemeanor, which carries a punishment of up to 1 year in the county jail, and up to a $4,000 fine.
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