Harassment charges can be the result of several different circumstances in Denver, Colorado. Making physical contact with someone (strike, shove, kick), stalking another person, and cyberbullying can all lead to impactful criminal charges. The executive director of a Colorado charter school is facing charges of harassment, criminal mischief, and obstruction of a telephone service after an alleged incident with his wife at their home. Accusations of this magnitude require immediate representation from an expert harassment attorney.
What is Considered Harassment in Denver?
C.R.S. 18-9-111 addresses the conduct of harassment in Colorado's cities and counties. Someone commits this crime if they demonstrate behaviors such as:
- striking, shoving, or kicking another person
- using obscene language or gestures at someone in a public location,
- following another in a public place,
- threatening injury or property damage,
- cyberbullying (Kiana Arellano's Law)
- repeatedly placing phone calls to someone,
- continually insulting / taunting another using offensive language
The sentence enhancer domestic violence is often added to charges of harassment and simply requires that the two individuals involved be in an intimate relationship (or were at some point). Absurdly, these parameters can even apply to those who have been on one date with one another.
Can Harassment Be a Felony in Colorado?
In most circumstances, a charge of harassment is a class 3 misdemeanor in Colorado counties. Conviction can result in as many as 6 months in county jail and up to $750 in fines. Whenever harassment occurs due to someone's race, religion, ancestry, or nationality, a class 1 misdemeanor can apply. Amplified penalties of 6 – 18 months in jail and also fines of $500 – $5,000 can result at sentencing. The former school director mentioned above faces additional penalties due to the charges of criminal mischief and obstruction of a telephone service.
Expert Denver Harassment Attorney
Criminal charges of harassment can be especially damaging. Public figures (as seen above) immediately experience questions of character and an altered reputation, whether they're guilty or not. Don't let this become your reality. Hiring an experienced harassment attorney early on can prove particularly invaluable in these cases. We have over 40 years of combined experience representing clients facing criminal charges throughout the state of Colorado. Our results speak for themselves. Perhaps you didn't touch or threaten anyone or you acted out of fear. Nonetheless, contact our office for a free consultation today. We will carefully analyze your unique situation and suggest productive next steps.
If you or someone you know is facing harassment accusations or charges, be smart. Contact the reputable defense attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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