A Texas woman named Amanda Anderson apparently wanted to find a way to harass her former boss.  So she hatched a plan to post a fake Craigslist job ad for her ex-boss’s office.  The former boss allegedly began to receive an overwhelming number of phone calls at his office from potential applicants who saw “his” ad on Craigslist.

Internet Harassment: Third-degree felony?

Amanda should have thought twice before posting a fake ad on Craiglist!  According to the ABAJournal, Texas has a new state law, which criminalizes certain Internet harassment.  Texas Penal Code 33.07 “prohibits adopting another person's identity on a social networking site with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten any person."  Amanda is being charged with third-degree felony under this new state law.

What is a Felony?

A felony is a serious crime.  A felony is generally defined as any crime punishable by more than one year in prison.  Defendants convicted of felonies serve their sentences in a state or federal prison.  If a defendant charged with a felony cannot afford a lawyer, a court will appoint a lawyer for them.  Each state has different punishments for felonies.  Check with a qualified Lead Counsel criminal law lawyer in your state for your state’s laws regarding felony punishments.

To watch a video about the differences between felonies and misdemeanors, click here.

Have you ever been a victim of a fake Craigslist ad?

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