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The Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver

Hudson County

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Harassment 2C:33-4

Kearny NJ Harassment Lawyer

Most harassment cases result from a verbal dispute with a neighbor, domestic partner, or even a scoured ex-lover. However, harassment in New Jersey is a criminal offense and, if convicted, you have a permanent criminal record and could also be ordered to complete community service, probation, counseling or even serve time in jail. An experienced harassment defense lawyer can often challenge the states case and work toward a dismissal or downgrade of your charges. At Proetta & Oliver we have handled thousands of criminal and municipal court cases in New Jersey, many involving harassment complaints. We represent clients charged with harassment throughout Hudson County and the surrounding area including Harrison, Union City, West New York, Hoboken, Weehawken, Secaucus, and North Bergen. Call us today at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation with a criminal lawyer at our Jersey City Office.

What is the New Jersey Law for Harassment?

A passage of the New Jersey statute for harassment 2C:33-4 has been provided for your convenience below. The statute in pertinent part provides:

A person commits a petty disorderly persons offense if, with purpose to harass another, he:

a. Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;

b. Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or

c. Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.

A communication under subsection a. may be deemed to have been made either at the place where it originated or at the place where it was received.

Bayonne Harassment Defense Lawyer

As stated above, in New Jersey harassment charge is considered a petty disorderly persons offense and is therefore typically handled in municipal court. Petty disorderly persons offenses are punishable by up to 30 days incarceration in the county jail which is ultimately determined by the judge. Because of the nature of the crime, it is typical to see harassment charges in domestic violence cases which can also involve Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault or even a Final Restraining Order. The harassment statute is geared toward private annoyances, while Disorderly Conduct speaks to public disturbances and public annoyance. This can sometimes cause confusion among defendants, police, and attorneys alike. However, one thing is clear – in order to prove harassment the state must show that the defendant intended to harass the victim. As you can see, the elements of a harassment case can often be complicated and confusing and therefore it is always a good idea to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer represent you. If you would like to learn more about how our firm can help you or your loved one, contact our Jersey City Office at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation with one of our lawyers.