"New technology creates new ways to terrorize. Text messaging is one such technology."
These were the words penned recently by Washington Court of Appeals, Division II Judge George B. Fearing in review of a man's conviction for felony harassment with enhancements for domestic violence after the defendant repeatedly sent text messages threatening to kill his wife and her father, mother, and stepmother. Fearing and two other judges on the appellate panel affirmed the trial court's conviction of the defendant. They were unswayed by his arguments of insufficient evidence, or alternatively that improper testimony and evidence strongly influenced the jury's decision.
It's difficult to comprehend that text messages alone could result in felony charges that could result in years behind bars. Since the technology is so accessible and so immediate, there is a tendency to forget that its use may have real and lasting consequences. But the truth is, a person facing these charges is in serious trouble and needs to consult with an attorney immediately.