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Is Cyberbullying or Online Harassment Considered a Criminal Offense in Texas?

 Posted on September 08,2022 in Criminal Defense

Atascosa County Internet Crimes LawyerThe vast majority of adults and teenagers use the internet on an everyday basis. While many people assume that what they send through social media or email is separate from "real life," online interactions can have significant consequences, personally and legally. Juveniles that engage in online harassment can even find themselves facing criminal charges for cyberbullying. If you or your child were charged with online harassment, cyberbullying, or a related offense, make sure to contact a criminal defense lawyer right away for help.

What is Cyberbullying?

When it comes to cyberbullying and online harassment, the law is still catching up with technology. In Texas, there are a few laws that specifically address cyberbullying and online harassment, but prosecutors have also been able to use other laws to convict defendants of these crimes.

Cyberbullying is defined as using electronic communication to harass, threaten, or embarrass another person. Types of electronic communication that can be used for cyberbullying include social media, text messages, email, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include:

  • Threatening to physically harm another person through electronic communication

  • Threatening to commit a felony against someone or their property

  • Sending explicit or derogatory messages about someone through email or text

Cyberbullying can have serious consequences for both the victim and the person allegedly engaging in the behavior.

What are the Penalties for Cyberbullying in Texas?

In Texas, someone accused of cyberbullying can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. The offense is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

If someone cyberbullies a minor and encourages the child to injure or kill themselves, the offense can be increased to a Class A misdemeanor. The penalties for a Class A misdemeanor include up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

Online Impersonation and Cyberstalking Charges

Someone who is accused of impersonating someone else online with the intent to defraud, harm, or intimidate may also find themselves facing criminal charges. In some cases, impersonation can even be a felony offense.

Repeatedly contacting someone through the internet in a way that makes the person fear for their safety can lead to criminal charges for stalking, another serious offense that can result in felony charges.

Contact a Floresville Criminal Defense Lawyer

Accusations of harassment, stalking, or cyberbullying should not be taken lightly. If you or your child were charged with an offense related to cyberbullying, contact BRCK Criminal Defense Attorneys for legal help.

Our Wilson County criminal defense attorneys can protect your rights, advocate on your behalf, and provide legal assistance and guidance throughout the case. Call 830-769-1010 for a free consultation.



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