Harassment Charges

ยง 2709. Harassment.

(a) Offense defined.–A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person: (1) strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same; (2) follows the other person in or about a public place or places; (3) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose; (4) communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures; (5) communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner; (6) communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or (7) communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in paragraphs (4), (5) and (6).

(b) Stalking.–(Deleted by amendment). (b.1) Venue.– (1) An offense committed under this section may be deemed to have been committed at either the place at which the communication or communications were made or at the place where the communication or communications were received. (2) Acts indicating a course of conduct which occur in more than one jurisdiction may be used by any other jurisdiction in which an act occurred as evidence of a continuing pattern of conduct or a course of conduct.

(c) Grading.– (1) An offense under subsection (a)(1), (2) or (3) shall constitute a summary offense. (2) (i) An offense under subsection (a)(4), (5), (6) or (7) shall constitute a misdemeanor of the third degree. (ii) (Deleted by amendment).

Harassment charges are frequently levied in college communities such as State College, PA and Penn State University. Depending upon the type of harassment used by law officials, defendants can face a summary offense or a misdemeanor. Either case risks derailing your life, reputation and academic career.

As scary as that sounds, you have options in how you choose to defend yourself against harassment charges. There are always two sides to a story. Our law firm is here to listen to your side of the story while educating you on the best options for your criminal defense.

We’ll sit down with you and your family members, and outline the key events that led to you being charged with harassment. That will help us to structure the facts in a way that makes them beneficial to the next steps in your case.

Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation on your State College, PA or Penn State harassment charges. It will help us better understand your circumstances and whether we’re suited to assist in your defense.


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