If you are charged with Harassment, it is likely this incident stemmed from a situation where emotions were high due to the relationships involved. Law enforcement officers often make quick decisions based on a simple misunderstanding or incident where your actions are misinterpreted. Ms. Odama understands that someone charged with Harassment feels embarrassed; worried about their reputation, and may feel the whole world is against them. Having the right attorney by your side is critical in getting the best outcome in court. Call Ms. Odama today for a free consultation.
Harassment is sometimes charged as a crime of Domestic Violence (DV) if there is a specific relationship between the involved parties. DV is a broad category offenses committed against a family or household member, or someone with whom the defendant has had a dating relationship. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and the court system take DV related offenses extremely seriously and often imposed enhanced penalties upon conviction.
If facing a Harassment charge, it is very important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away – especially before the Arraignment hearing. At your arraignment hearing, after the Judge accepts your plea of “not guilty,” the Judge will place conditions you must follow during the pendency of the case. These conditions could include imposition of No Contact Orders, Possession or Forfeiture of Weapons, etc. Some of these conditions can be avoidable if your attorney is prepared and able to address the proposed conditions in court.
Harassment means to act without lawful authority and to knowingly threaten:
- to cause bodily harm immediately or in the future; or
- to cause physical damage to someone’s property; or
- subject the person threated or any other person to physical confinement; to the person threatened or to any other person; or
- maliciously do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety AND
Your words or conduct placed that person in reasonable fear your threat would be carried out. See RCW 9A.46.020.