What to do if my ex-boyfriend won’t stop calling and texting threats to me?

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What to do if my ex-boyfriend won’t stop calling and texting threats to me?

He sends me mean messages I’ve changed my number twice he gets getting it somehow. He says things like “wait and see what will happen” and “I will mess your whole life up”. Is that considered harassment? It was only over text. What can I do about it?

Asked on December 11, 2012 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can go to court and get a restraining order against your ex.  The court procedures vary from state to state, but you should be able to get a restraining order from the court on little or no notice.  The court clerk will be able to tell you the procedures in your state for obtaining a restraining order.

You can also contact the district attorney's office to file criminal charges for stalking against your ex.

You can also file a lawsuit (civil case) for invasion of privacy against your ex.  Invasion of privacy is a serious interference with your right to be let alone and protected from unwarranted and undesired intrusions.  Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in a lawsuit for invasion of privacy) would include mental distress, physical illness and harm to your business or social interests.  You can also seek punitive damages (a substantial amount of monetary compensation) to punish the wrongful, intentional, and malicious actions of your ex.


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