Stalking / Aggravated Stalking
Allegations of stalking in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex can arise in a number of situations, such as in a relationship that has ended where one party still wants to maintain contact with the other party. Additionally, stalking charges will often occur based solely on the accusations of the alleged victim.
Law enforcement officers in Texas have the authority to immediately arrest anyone without a warrant if the officer has probable cause the offense occurred. This means any accusations of stalking could immediately result in an arrest, regardless if a proper investigation took place.
Stalking or aggravated stalking charges can result in serious penalties and repercussions. However, it is important to know that if you have been charged with a stalking offense, you do not necessarily have to face a conviction.
The state prosecutor must first prove you committed every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt, which can be a very difficult burden of proof to establish. If the judge or just has any doubt you committed any element to your alleged stalking offense, the charges against you may be reduced or even dismissed. Therefore, it is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Dallas to help you create the best legal strategy for your particular situation.
Dallas Stalking Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with stalking in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth, Rockwall, Johnson, Wise, Ellis, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, Lewisville or Frisco, contact The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.
Richard McConathy is a Dallas criminal defense attorney experienced in defending stalking allegations and will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense. Call The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy for a free consultation at (972) 233-5700 about your alleged stalking offense.
Stalking in Fort Worth
According to section 42.072 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can be charged with stalking if they knowingly commit any of the following acts on more than one occasion and in the same course of conduct that is specifically directed at another person:
- If the alleged offender engages in conduct the actor knows or reasonable believes will be perceived as threatening to cause bodily injury or death to the alleged victim, a family member or household member of the alleged victim, or another person the alleged victim is dating;
- If the alleged offender engages in conduct the actor knows or reasonable believes will be perceived as threatening to cause damage to the alleged victim’s property;
- If the alleged offender engages in conduct that causes the alleged victim, a family member or household member, or person they are dating to be fearful of death, serious bodily injury or property damage;
- If the alleged offender engages in conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death to themselves, a family member or household member, or person they are dating; and/or
- If the alleged offender engages in conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear that damage to their property will occur.
Stalking Penalties in Dallas
The general penalties and punishments for stalking offenses are defined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code, and are as follows:
- An individual charged with a first stalking offense can face a conviction for a felony of the third degree, which is generally punishable by two to ten years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- An individual charged with a second or subsequent stalking offense can face a conviction for a felony of the second degree, which is generally punishable by two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to$10,000.
In addition to the punishments listed above, an individual that has been charged with a stalking offense may be subjected to any of the following consequences and penalties:
- A criminal record;
- Inability to apply for certain jobs, occupations or professions;
- Inability to be accepted into certain educational programs;
- Ineligibility to own or possess a gun or firearm;
- Ineligibility to receive certain types of governmental assistance;
- Ineligibility to vote or hold public office;
- Loss of certain professional licenses; and/or
- Public embarrassment or humiliation.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Fort Worth Aggravated Stalking Attorney
Contact The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your stalking allegations throughout Dallas County in Texas. Richard McConathy is an aggressive Dallas family violence attorney who will make every effort to fight the allegations against you.
Call (972) 233-5700 or complete an online form for a free consultation about your alleged stalking offense throughout Dallas County in Texas and the surrounding counties of Denton County, Collin County and Tarrant County.