Charges of harassment come with emotion-filled accusations and the prospect of time in jail and a criminal record. One of our experienced Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyers will help you by explaining your charges to you in detail. He or she will prepare a compelling defense for you to help you avoid the harshest punishments.What is Harassment?
In Pennsylvania, harassment must be proven, and is defined as the following:
- Violence, including hitting or kicking; also, threatening violent contact.
- Stalking or following a particular person in a public place, like the mall or grocery store.
- Communication with another person in a lewd, threatening, lascivious, or obscene manner. This can include communicating through text messages, letters, emails, faxes, voicemails, phone calls, and online posts.
- Anonymous communication on a recurring basis.
- Recurring communication at exceptionally inconvenient hours.
- Communicating in any other annoying or obscene manner.
- Continuously engaging in actions that serve no legitimate purpose.
Some harassment cases are considered to be summary offense charges. They may not result in a prison sentence but will still cause problems for you, because you will end up with a criminal record.
For example, if a prospective employer runs a background check before hiring you, and if he or she finds out that you have a criminal record, they may not hire you. Even if you are not charged with anything major, a lawyer will help you escape a criminal record.
Some harassment charges are classified as misdemeanors; these could result in jail time.What Should I do?
In Pennsylvania, harassment has a very broad definition. This makes it imperative that you have a lawyer to represent you and to help you evaluate accusations that you or your family member has broken the law.
- Hire a reputable lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait, you lessen your chances of having your case dismissed or your punishment reduced.
- Do not communicate with the police or prosecutors without having a lawyer beside you. Without an attorney standing with you, your words could be twisted and presented in a wrong way. If you are taken into police custody and they begin to question you, tell them you want an attorney to be with you, and then politely refuse to respond to any questions they ask.
Often, someone with a grievance against you will make up a story or misunderstand something and made an unfair claim against you. You need a lawyer to help you sort through the charges and evidence and help you get the false charges dismissed.
To learn more or to get in touch with a reputable Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney, contact Logue Law at (412) 389-0805 as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the experience and skills you need.Interested in Learning More About Harassment Law in Pennsylvania?
You can find the definition and a description of harassment in the Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 18 Chapter 27.