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What to Know About Cyberbullying and Online Harassment laws in Texas

Posted on January 16, 2023 in Juvenile Law

Texas criminal defense lawyerWe have heard it said many times: never post anything online that you would not be comfortable with your mom or dad reading. Unfortunately, many people, particularly young adults and teenagers forget that once you post something online, it is there to stay. Even if you delete a post, there is still a high chance that whatever you wrote was seen by at least a few people. It is important to remember that online interactions with others can carry severe consequences, both in your personal life and legally. 

Juveniles who engage in forms of online harassment or cyberbullying may quickly find themselves facing charges for things they have said online to others. Therefore, it is vital that if you or your underage child has been charged with online harassment or cyberbullying, strongly consider contacting a criminal defense attorney who will work to ensure your rights remain protected and that an outcome in your or your child’s favor can be pursued diligently. 

So, What Is Cyberbullying?

As far as online harassment and cyberbullying are concerned, the law is still, in many ways playing catch-up with technology. Specifically, in Texas, only a few laws target and address issues like cyberbullying and online harassment. However, prosecutors have found ways to use other laws to land convictions against perpetrators of these types of crimes. 

According to the law, cyberbullying occurs when someone uses electronic communication to harass, threaten, or embarrass someone. Electronic communication may occur via social media, texting, email, or websites. For example, if you threaten to harm someone via electronic communication or send a graphic or derogatory message about someone via text, this is considered cyberbullying. 

Penalties for Cyberbullying in Texas 

Cyberbullying in Texas is considered to be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. Moreover, if someone tries to cyberbully a minor into harming themselves, this is considered a Class A misdemeanor. Penalties can include up to one year in jail and fines of up to $4,000.

What About Online Impersonation or Cyberstalking?  

If someone impersonates someone online intending to defraud, harm, or intimidate, they may find themselves up against criminal charges. In specific scenarios, impersonation may be considered a felony offense. Furthermore, harassing someone repeatedly online that makes the other person fear for their well-being may lead to charges of stalking, which is another serious offense that can, in some cases, be classified as a felony offense. 

Contact an Atascosa County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of cyberbullying or online harassment, do not take these accusations lightly. Consider contacting the astute Jourdanton criminal defense lawyers at BRCK Criminal Defense Attorneys. Call 830-769-1010 for a free consultation.




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