OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY: HARASSMENT

HARASSMENT.  

A person commits an offense if, with intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass another, the person: 

–  initiates communication and in the course of the communication makes a comment, request, suggestion, or proposal that is obscene; 

– threatens, in a manner reasonably likely to alarm the person receiving the threat, to inflict bodily injury on the person or to commit a felony against the person, a member of the person’s family or household, or the person’s property; 

–  conveys, in a manner reasonably likely to alarm the person receiving the report, a false report, which is known by the conveyor to be false, that another person has suffered death or serious bodily injury; 

–  causes the telephone of another to ring repeatedly or makes repeated telephone communications anonymously or in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass, or offend another; 

–  makes a telephone call and intentionally fails to hang up or disengage the connection; 

–  knowingly permits a telephone under the person’s control to be used by another to commit an offense under this section; 

–  sends repeated electronic communications in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass, or offend another; or 

–  publishes on an Internet website, including a social media platform, repeated electronic communications in a manner reasonably likely to cause emotional distress, abuse, or torment to another person, unless the communications are made in connection with a matter of public concern. 

Definition: )  “Electronic communication” means a transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic, or photo-optical system.  The term includes: 

–  a communication initiated through the use of electronic mail, instant message, network call, a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, text message, a social media platform or application, an Internet website, any other Internet-based communication tool, or facsimile machine; and a communication made to a pager. 

“Obscene” means containing a patently offensive description of or a solicitation to commit an ultimate sex act, including sexual intercourse, masturbation, cunnilingus, fellatio, or anilingus, or a description of an excretory function. 

An offense is a Class B misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if: 

–  the actor has previously been convicted; 

– the offense was committed under Subsection (a)(7) or (8) and: 

–  the offense was committed against a child under 18 years of age with the intent that the child: 

–  commit suicide; or 

–  engage in conduct causing serious bodily injury to the child; or 

–  the actor has previously violated a temporary restraining order or injunction  

As always, the best option is to contact Atlas Bail and go over available info and all the details. With our experience, knowledge, and great customer service, we can have your loved ones back to you as soon as the law will allow us. From the moment you show up in our office we understand your need for guidance and help. The fact that a person is in jail is only the beginning of the process. Selecting AAA Atlas Bail is an important first step. With years of experience in our office, we most definitely will have the right answer for you. 

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