Texas Stalking Laws
The crime of stalking is defined as a pattern of malicious behavior -- such as repeatedly showing up at an estranged partner's house after being told to stay away -- as opposed to a one-time event. The pattern of behavior must cause fear in order to be considered stalking. Texas stalking laws charge the crime as a felony, often punishable with a prison sentence.
Find out more about Texas stalking laws in the table below, and see Details on State Stalking Laws for a general overview.
|Code Section||Penal 42.072|
|Stalking Defined as||A person commits an offense if on more than one occasion and pursuant to scheme or course of conduct directed at specific person, knowingly engages in conduct that: (1) stalker knows/reasonably believes victim will view as threatening, (2) causes fear, and (3) would cause a reasonable person to fear|
|Punishment/Classification||3rd degree felony|
|Penalty for Repeat Offense||2nd degree felony|
|Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?||-|
|Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?||-|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas criminal defense attorney or Texas domestic violence lawyer, or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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