I am being harassed by my sister and daughter in another state. It started because I would buy my married 27 year old daughter a fancy dress for a ball she has to go to. They call me horrible names, tell me they will contact my employer and tell everyone what type of person I am. I need to protect myself. I blocked the calls and text. They hack into my email. Can I file a protection order against them if they live in another state and how does it work? I need help.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Ohio
Block messages but then they call from another phone. I have blocked 5 telephone numbers in the last 24 hours.
Hello,.Thank you for using JA. A protective order is typically only issued by a judge if the petitioner has been physically assaulted or has been threatened with bodily harm from another person. So if they are calling and making ugly comments to you, but not actually threatening you, a judge wouldn't grant a restraining order..However, you could tell them that if they continued to contact you, you will file formal charges for Harassment under Ohio law. You would have to go down to the local District Attorney's office and file a formal complaint if they did not cease the harassment once you told them to stop..Ohio Revised code2917.21 Telecommunications harassment..
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Ok that is good to know. I would have gone to the clerk of courts in my county. Do you think I have a chance of getting a formal charge of harassment or should I not do anything and pray they don't do more harm?
Well, when you file a crimnal complaint, it takes the whole thing up to an entirely new level. It might be best to simply threaten to do so and see if that would scare them into ceasing any harassing communications..But if they continue to contact you, see if you can record the calls or keep any emails or texts that they send you for use as evidence if you need to escalate this into a formal complaint later..
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Ok thank you so much. I have threaten to get a restraining order but they just call me a liar. The answer you gave me makes more since. I really do appreciate it. So what you are telling me is I can threaten the charges. They say how dare I?
You are very welcome. And yes, you can even refer them to the Code if you like so they can read it and know they are violating the law..
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