Harassment and Stalking are often a highly personal crimes. Sometimes, the actions in question may be totally innocent on your part but perceived as threatening by the alleged victim. Perhaps this person is someone you have a relationship with or wanted to resolve something with.Charged with a crime in New Jersey? Please call (800) 673-3656
Because of the history and sometimes sensationalized nature of these crimes, there can be a stigma attached to them. People accused of harassment or stalking are often seen as overly aggressive and overbearing. I know this isn’t always true and incidences of stalking are sometimes just a misunderstanding.
When it feels like the system is out to get you and no one is giving you a fair chance—I can be there on your side. As an aggressive defense attorney, I will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected at every stage of the criminal process.
What is Harassment Under New Jersey Law?
Harassment can be committed in a variety of ways. You could be charged with this offense if you are accused of:
- Making communication anonymously, at inconvenient hours, using foul language, or in any manner to cause annoyance or alarm,
- Subjecting someone to offensive touching including kicking, shoving, striking, or even threatening to do so, or
- Engaging in any other conduct that is alarming or seriously annoying.
In most cases, particularly those listed above, harassment is considered a petty disorderly persons offense carrying a potential 30 days in jail.
However, if you are on probation or parole for a crime at the time of this harassment offense, you will face charges of a crime in the fourth degree which can lead to up to 18 months in prison.
Ref: NJ Stat. §2C: 33-4
What is Stalking under New Jersey Criminal Law?
Stalking is defined under New Jersey statute as purposefully or knowingly engaging in repeated conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of someone else or if it causes them to suffer emotional distress.
What kind of penalty am I facing for Stalking?
The charge you face for this offense depends on the exact circumstances of the case against you.
For instance, if you are accused of stalking which violates a protection order, you can be charged with a crime of the third degree. In this case, the offense would carry a potential sentence of up to 5 years in prison.
If this is the second or subsequent stalking charge you have faced against the same victim, you could also face a crime of the third degree.
In most other cases, stalking is considered a crime of the fourth degree punishable by up to 18 months in prison and fines.
Ref: NJ Stat. §2C: 12-10
Whether you are facing charges of stalking or harassment in New Jersey, I can help. I know what you are up against and am dedicated to helping all of my clients succeed.
Contact me immediately to discuss your case and to get some legal advice on this serious matter.
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