One of the most common forms of “identity theft” involves online impersonation. Individuals can commit online fraud by pretending to be someone else, whether it’s sending email without permission or using social media to communicate with others or to slander someone’s reputation.
Are you facing charges for an Internet crime like online impersonation or identity theft? Attorney Brett Podolsky has the experience needed to defend you in the court of law. Contact his office today and schedule a consultation.
According to the Texas Penal Code, individuals are guilty of impersonating someone online if they pretend to be another person in an effort to “harm, defraud or threaten” a victim. Setting up websites or social media profiles with this intent can render someone guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, which has punishments that include:
In addition, those who are found guilty of harming others online in Houston could be liable for civil damages, especially if the actions cause damage to a person’s business or professional reputation.
There are a few defenses that can be used in cases where individuals pretend to be someone else, and a few of them are:
Pretending to be someone else online is sometimes thought of as a joke, but Texas law makes it clear that it is no laughing matter. Since serious consequences could arise from online manipulation charges, those who are accused of this crime would do well to speak with a criminal defense attorney about the matter. Get a hold of Brett A. Podolsky today by calling 713-227-0087.