Fort Worth Stalking Defense Lawyer
If you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with the crime of Stalking, it is critical that you contact an aggressive and experienced Fort Worth criminal attorney that will work tirelessly to represent you and work to negotiate a dismissal of your case to protect your clean record. A conviction for Stalking can have serious long-term financial and personal consequences.
According to Texas Penal Code, Section 42.072, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office will be required to prove the following elements of Stalking beyond a reasonable doubt: A person commits the offense of Stalking if the person, on more than one occasion and pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct that is directed specifically at another person, knowingly engages in conduct that:
- the actor knows or reasonably believes the other person will regard as threatening:
- bodily injury or death for the other person;
- bodily injury or death for a member of the other person’s family or household or for an individual with whom the other person has a dating relationship; or
- that an offense will be committed against the other person’s property;
- causes the other person, a member of the other person’s family or household, or an individual with whom the other person has a dating relationship to be placed in fear of bodily injury or death or fear that an offense will be committed against the other person’s property; and
- would cause a reasonable person to fear:
- bodily injury or death for himself or herself;
- bodily injury or death for a member of the person’s family or household or for an individual with whom the person has a dating relationship; or
- that an offense will be committed against the person’s property.
The criminal offense of Stalking is classified as a felony of the third degree. Under the Texas Penal Code, a third degree felony is punishable by a term in a Texas prison of not more than 10 years but not less than 2 years. However, the crime of stalking can be classified as a second degree felony if you have been previously convicted of stalking or of an offense under any of the following laws that contains elements that are substantially similar to the elements of an offense under this section: the laws of another state; the laws of a federally recognized Indian tribe; the laws of a territory of the United States; or federal law. Under the Texas Penal Code, a second degree felony is punishable by a term in a Texas prison of not more than 20 years but not less than 2 years.
As you can see from the possible range of punishment required upon a conviction, Stalking is a serious criminal case that must be vigorously defended to protect your freedom and future. If you have been arrested and charged with Stalking, it is critical that you take immediate steps to prevent this criminal allegation from limiting your future employment opportunities and ruining your good reputation. In order to ensure the best result for your case, you must hire a criminal defense attorney who will thoroughly explain your legal rights available to you and fight to keep this charge off of your criminal record.
At The Hampton Law Firm, I will aggressively fight to keep this criminal allegation off of your criminal record and do everything within my power to negotiate a dismissal of your Stalking case. As a former felony prosecutor in Tarrant County, Texas, I have extensive experience working in the courts of Tarrant County and will work to provide you with as many options as possible to have your case dismissed and expunged from your criminal record.
Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation and an opportunity to speak to me about the facts of your case and the options you have under Texas law. Call Jeff Hampton at The Hampton Law Firm at 817-877-5200.
Contact the Hampton Law Firm now to schedule a free consultation to determine your rights and legal options.