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A victim doesn't actually "press charges." A victim files a criminal complaint with law enforcement. Law enforcement hten looks into the matter and forwards it to the prosecutor. The prosecutor then determines whether or not to prosecute the accused.Therefore, an individual who believes he/she is a victim of a crime may report it to law enforcement.You can review New York's Criminal harassment statutes at:http://law.onecle.com/new-york/penal/PEN0240.25_240.25.htmlhttp://law.onecle.com/new-york/penal/PEN0240.26_240.26.htmlhttp://law.onecle.com/new-york/penal/PEN0240.30_240.30.htmlhttp://law.onecle.com/new-york/penal/PEN0240.31_240.31.htmlhttp://law.onecle.com/new-york/penal/PEN0240.32_240.32.html
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the person that is harassing me lives in pennsylvania and I live in new york. Does that affect anything?
When harassment involves interstate conduct, an individual may typically report the matter to local law enforcement. However, an individual may be more likely to see results if the person reports the matter to federal law enforcement officials, as interstate harassment can constitute a federal crime when electronic communications are used to harass individuals across state lines. Accordingly, interstate harassment may appropriately be discussed with a federal law enforcement agency like the FBI.
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