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Harassment may be graded as either a summary offense or a 3rd degree misdemeanor and can carry a sentence of up to one year in jail. Stalking can be graded as a misdemeanor of the 1st degree or a 3rd degree felony and can carry a sentence of up to 7 years prison.
Many things may constitute harassment but the important part is that the government must prove an intent to harass, annoy or alarm the other person. In many instances of harassment the state must show that a defendant engaged in a course a conduct rather than a single mistake and that their actions had no legitimate purpose.
Likewise stalking can be charged based upon a myriad of acts but the government must again prove that the action(s) were a course of conduct rather than a mere isolated act. When prosecuting a stalking charge the government must also prove the individual had the intent to put another in fear of bodily injury or to cause them substantial emotional distress.
However, as with most criminal charges, the best defense can only be arrived at after careful consideration of all the details of the case with your attorney.
As a criminal defense law firm, We work diligently to find evidence that will support our client's innocence and establish a reasonable doubt that they are guilty of harassment. As your defense attorney, we meticulously review police reports and eyewitness statements. We conduct own witness interviews and track down information that can help in obtaining a favorable outcome.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your criminal harassment charges, contact our office today.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.
Madsen Law Offices
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Easton, Pa 18045
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