A male that I know. I told him I no longer wanted to be friends with him. I gave a detail message explaining this. He in return text me back calling names. So I sent him a text back not so friendly. and then text him a message not to contact me anymore. I also told him if he tried to contact me that I was going to get order of protection. He still proceeded to text me after that. I still have all the text messages. Can I file criminal charges?
Can you? Possibly depending on what was said but that can also be said about your text messages to him. Having someone arrested is a very serious matter and can have drastic consequences on their life. It's not something to do for revenge or because you feel disrespected. You were engaged in a not so friendly text exchange and people get heated. How long ago were the messages. Have they stopped contacting you? Were any threats made? If the matter has died down and there were no threats of violence you should probably let it remain dead.
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Can you file criminal charges? Maybe, but it would depend on the specific content of the messages among other factors.
You can go to the police with all the texts and see if they will take a criminal complaint.
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