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18 Pa. C.S. Section 2709: Harassment

Harassment is a criminal charge in the state of Pennsylvania.  To find the defendant guilty of harassment, the state must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

First, that the defendant communicated to or about the victim any lewd, lascivious, threatening, or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures. (Pennsylvania Suggested Criminal Jury Instructions)  

Second, that the defendant did so with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm the alleged victim. 

Harassment is either a summary offense or misdemeanor of the third degree, depending on the communication.  A misdemeanor of the third degree carries a maximum term of imprisonment of one year.

Harassment charges can have serious consequences.  The effects of these allegations can significantly impact your life, your career, and even your housing options.  This is why it is so important to fight these allegations where possible.

If you have been charged with harassment, contact the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos for a free consultation.