Understanding a Harassment Charge
If you have been charged with harassment, you may be confused about the nature of the charges against you. You need an experienced Phoenix criminal attorney at you side to explain the offense, the potential penalties, and to develop an intelligent strategy to deal with the charges. Often, the people involved in harassment cases know one another. This can complicate the investigation and lead to a confusing and emotional battle. Words can be taken out of context and stories can be twisted.
You will need an experienced lawyer to ensure that your side of the story is conveyed correctly. At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we can help.
What is Definition of Harassment in Arizona?
Harassment is defined in A.R.S. 13-2921. The law provides that if, intending to harass or knowing that you are harassing another person, you:
- Communicates with another person with harassing messages (including verbal, electronic or written communications).
- Continues to follow a person in a public place (for no legitimate purpose) after being asked to stop.
- Repeatedly commit acts of harassment.
- Surveil a person for no legitimate purpose.
- Intentionally, on more than one occasion, make a false report to law enforcement, credit agencies or social service agencies.
- Interfere with delivery of a public utility to another person (examples include cutting phone lines, or having utilities turned off).
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Harassment is a class 1 misdemeanor in most cases. However, where the harassment is directed at a public officer or employee, in some situations this could be charged as a class 5 felony. A Class 1 misdemeanor carries a penalty of $2,500 in fines and up to one year in jail. A Class 5 felony carries a sentence between 9 months and 2 years in prison.
What is Aggravated Harassment?
In order to obtain a conviction for aggravated harassment, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you committed harassment (as defined in A.R.S. 13-2921), and that the harassment violates an existing order of protection or injunction, or you have a prior conviction for domestic violence under A.R.S. 13-3601, which includes a wide range of offenses. Harassment that violates an order or injunction is a class 6 felony. For a second violation of an order it’s a class 5 felony. Harassment with a prior domestic violence conviction is a class 5 felony. If the prior conviction involved the same victim as in the current case, it is a class 2 felony.
Phoenix Harassment Attorney
If you are facing harassment charges, you could be facing imprisonment and hefty fines. You may even face the permanent stigma of being a convicted felon. In addition, cases involving harassment can lead to broken relationships and embarrassment. Accusations can even divide families.
At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we have the experience to help. Call us today for a free consultation.