Unlawful Use of a Tracking Device
With its recent rise in popularity, people are finding more and more useful applications for GPS technology. GPS tracking systems can be found as part of a new car package, as hand held units, in cell phones, and more. It is important to know and understand the law regarding GPS devices, as the use of a tracking device is illegal in some circumstances.
If you have been arrested for the unlawful use of a tracking device, Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis can help you fight your charges and defend your case. Call our offices at 512-472-1950.
Tracking Devices and Texas Law
Using a GPS device is generally legal, as long as anyone involved in the tracking is aware of its use. It is illegal, however, to use a GPS to track an individual without his or her consent. Installing a tracking device on another person's vehicle without his or her knowledge and consent is against the law, unless the installer is a principal investigator or was asked to do so by the police to assist with a criminal investigation.
A violation of the law against tracking devices is a Class A misdemeanor under the Texas penal code. A conviction may include the following court-ordered penalties:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Up to $4,000 in fines
If you are charged with the unlawful use of a tracking device, consider consulting with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will fight to defend you against criminal charges and will protect your rights throughout your case.
For sound legal advice and assistance regarding tracking device law and criminal defense, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis today at 512-472-1950.
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