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Offenses like stalking and harassment can carry quite severe punishments. It is understandable if you are feeling nervous if you are facing charges like these. We know that the criminal court process can be frightening and we want to help put your mind at ease. Putting your confidence in an experienced and trustworthy firm is the first step in a positive court outcome.
Often with charges like this the two people involved had a close relationship. Perhaps what you saw as concern or affection was perceived in another way by the other person. Or maybe you were acting out of anger and jealousy and doing things out of character.
Whatever the case, we want to help. We have handled cases like this many times and want to know the details behind your situation. Call us to discuss the circumstances that led up to your charge.
Harassment is an act that is punishable by jail time. You may be facing this serious conviction if you intentionally:
1) Threaten to take illegal action against someone and by doing so place them in fear or annoys them;
2) Place harassing phone calls to someone and the calls cause fear or annoyance; or
3) Tell someone that a relative or other person has been injured or killed when you know this to be untrue.
Typically, harassment is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500.
If, however, you were previously convicted of an offense and the harassing behavior is against the same victim, the charge is elevated to a Class E felony which is punishable by 1-6 years in prison.
Here is the statute number TCA 39-17-308
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