This is a serious charge and I assume you mean someone filed criminal
harassment allegations against you. If that is the case, I have set out the statute below for your review. Depending on how it would be charged, as you can see, it could be a misdemeanor
or felony charge. In any event, you should consult with a local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. In addition, if you haven't already done so, you should decline to provide a statement to the police. Everything you say to them will be used against you in the investigation
or prosecution if charges are eventually filed.
If they are filed, you will be arrested and book and arraigned, where you will enter your plea. Again though don't make a statement or a plea without first speaking to a local criminal defense attorney. Whatever you do, DO NOT contact the other party who has alleged this harassment.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-308. Harassment. (2008)
(a) A person commits an offense who intentionally:
(1) Threatens, by telephone, in writing, or by electronic communication, "including electronic mail or internet services,", to take action known to be unlawful against any person, and by this action knowingly annoys or alarms the recipient;
(2) Places one (1) or more telephone calls anonymously, or at an hour or hours known to be inconvenient to the victim, or in an offensively repetitious manner, or without a legitimate purpose of communication, and by this action knowingly annoys or alarms the recipient; or
(3) Communicates by telephone to another that a relative or other person has been injured, killed or is ill when the communication is known to be false.
(b) (1) A person convicted of a criminal offense commits an offense if, while
incarcerated, on pre-trial diversion, probation, community correction or parole, the person intentionally communicates in person with the victim of the person's crime if the communication is:
(A) Anonymous or threatening or made in an offensively repetitious
manner or at hours known to be inconvenient to the victim;
(B) Made for no legitimate purpose; and
(C) Made knowing that it will alarm or annoy the victim.
(2) If the victim of the person's offense died as the result of the offense,
the provisions of this subsection (b) shall apply to the deceased victim's next-of-kin.
(c) violation of subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor. A violation of subsection (b) is a Class E felony.
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