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Do you have to hire an attorney to file harassment charges or is that done by filing a police report? I received a call that my ex was threatening to file harassment charges against me but the problem is that we have had amicable conversations for the past two months. I was completely caught off guard. I do not understand his reasoning for this and what the consequences will be towards me? I just got a text from him last night before I received a call from the sheriff's office

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?

Texas. today Also, how should I protect myself through this. Will a temp restraining order show that I am not attempting contact with him?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

I spoke to a lawyer but since they have not officially filed harassment charges..they recommended a temp restraining order but I did not retain them yet... I was not sure what to do

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No that is it

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Criminal Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

Normally this is done without counsel. The complaining party speaks to the police and a statement is given. A lawyer can be helpful in assisting but not necessary. If there is action being taken or considered by the police, a lawyer can be useful in defending such action and reducing the possible outcome and sometimes having it dismissed for lack of foundation.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
How will I know if they filed harassment charges?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
It seemed like more of a threat, I never received a solid answer on what they were intending to do
Criminal Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

You would be served with notice. You may want to have a lawyer available on hand should that happen.

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Criminal Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

sometimes it is just threats which never turn into anything so you can wait.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
How long does that typically take?
Criminal Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

it can take a few weeks depending on how busy they are, but if they find no evidence, it would be closed and not pursued.

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Criminal Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Lawyer replied 11 months ago
Please let me know if the reply is acceptable by responding "yes" or "acceptable"
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Should I call the police department to find out what will happen or will that make it worse?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I just would rather have some sort of heads up instead of worrying for two weeks about what may happen
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