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Harassment Charges

Attorney Greg Tsioros

Harassment

Harassment Allegations Defense Attorney in Houston: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties

Criminal harassment cases can involve a variety of different behaviors in Texas. Any behavior that is designed to “harass, annoy, alarm, torment or embarrass” another person can be classified as harassing behavior. This can include religious harassment,sexualharassment, stalking, threatening and other actions intended to infringe upon another person’s sense of safety and privacy.

Types of Harassment Charges

When someone claims to have been harassed, they could be referring to several different activities in Houston, Texas. The most common feature of harassing behavior is the effect that it causes in the person being harassed. These behaviors elicit feelings of fear, anger, embarrassment, humiliation and persecution in the people that are victimized by harassers. Some examples of this behavior include:

  • Sexual Harassment – Cases of sexual harassment are disturbingly commonplace. Although many of these cases occur in the workplace, sexual harassment can occur anywhere. This type of harassment involves one person expressing unsolicited and inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to another person. These comments could be comments about the body of another person, requests for sexual contact or objectifying statements.
  • Stalking – Unlike some other harassing behaviors, stalking may not necessarily involve any direct contact between the harasser and the victim. Some stalking cases may involve one person watching, following or closely monitoring another person for no apparent reason. However, some cases can involve verbal threats, repeated hang-up phone calls, incessant emails and text messages or sending unwanted gifts to the victim.
  • Bullying – In recent years, cases of bullying in grade schools, in colleges and universities, in the workplace and even on professional sports teams have gotten a great deal of media exposure.

By definition, bullying is the use of threats, physical intimidation, violence, mocking and torment in order to ostracize someone or obtain money or favors from another person. In some ways, this makes bullying similar to some forms of extortion. Because the victims of bullies can suffer lifelong emotional and physical trauma, a great deal of effort is being spent on stamping out this problem.

According to the Texas Penal Code, criminal harassment is a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine in Houston, Texas.

Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney Who Understands Sexual Harassment Charges

Stalking convictions have dire consequences. When law enforcement has knocking at your door to charge you with criminal harassment and things look bleak, you need professional legal help.

Call the Law Office of Greg Tsioros today and schedule a free legal consultation.