A person commits an offense of harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass another, he or she:
The punishment for harassment is a <Class B
misdemeanor>, except that the offense is a <Class A misdemeanor> if
the actor has previously been convicted of harassment.
A defense to harassment can arise by attempting to break down the element of intent. Individuals may act without the necessary intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass another.
Another possible defense is to break down the conduct that is considered to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass another; obscenity might not be found to be obscene, threats might not be found to be threatening to a complainant, and so on.
The exact language of this law, further details, and additional punishment concerns can be found in section 42.07 of the Texas Penal Code. None of this information can take place of the information, knowledge, and expertise provided by a licensed attorney.
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