A person may be charged with harassment by acting with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another in conjunction with any or all of the following activities:
If they strike, shove, kick, or otherwise subject another person to physical contact.
If they do so in a public place by using direct obscene language or making an obscene gesture to or at another person.
If they follow another in or around a public place.
If they initiate communication with a person by telephone or electronic device in a manner intended to harass or threaten, or if the individual makes an obscene comment, request, suggestion, or proposal by telephone or electronic device.
If they make a telephone call or cause a telephone to ring repeatedly, regardless of whether a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation.
If they make repeated communications at inconvenient hours that invade the privacy of another and interfere with the use and enjoyment of another’s home or private residence or other private property.
If they repeatedly insult, taunt, challenge, or offensively communicate to another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.
A harassment charge can either be filed as a class 1 or class 3 misdemeanor.
All types of harassment charges can negatively impact your life if you are convicted. To give yourself the best possible chance of preserving your freedom and protecting your rights, it is essential that you talk to one of the experienced defense attorneys at Decker & Jones as soon as you are charged or if you believe you may be charged with harassment.