Harassment Offense Defense Lawyers in Edison NJ
Harassment is a disorderly persons offense that is commonplace in Edison Municipal Court. As a criminal firm that has been practicing in Middlesex County for almost 20 years now, we have dealt with many Edison harassment charges filed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 over the years. We routinely appear in the municipal court and are fully familiar with the Judges, prosecutors and other personnel in the venue. To discuss the specifics of your harassment charge with a member of our firm, you can reach an attorney 24/7 at 732-248-7675.
Law & Penalties That Apply To Your Edison Township Harassment Charge
The law that applies to your harassment offense in Edison Township is N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4. This statute makes it a disorderly persons offense for someone to:
- Make or cause a communication anonymously, at extremely inconvenient hours, using offensively coarse language, or in any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;
- Subject someone to striking, kicking, shoving, or offensive touching or threats to do so; or
- Engages in alarming conduct or repeated conduct intended to cause alarm or serious annoyance.
A conviction for harassment can result in imposition of a fine that can be as high as $1,000 and up to six (6) months in jail. Under the limited circumstance where harassment is committed by an individual who is in prison or on parole or probation, the charge is enhanced to a fourth degree crime. This variety of harassment cannot be heard in Edison Municipal Court as it represents an indictable crime. The offense must be transferred to the Middlesex County Superior Court for handling. The penalties for someone convicted of harassment at the Superior Court level in New Brunswick include a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 18 months in state prison.
Edison Harassment Defense Attorneys
The tendency is for individuals to view harassment as a petty offense that is not anything to worry about. This clearly is in error. Judges are not sympathetic when it comes to those harass a co-worker, ex boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife, or anyone else who intentionally tries to disrupt someone’s life with threats, telephone calls or texts. They typically do anything they can to stump out this conduct and insure that the wrongdoer is deterred from harassing any further. It is inadvisable to deal with the court and judge on your own as we have heard all too many horror stories over the years. Minimally, you deserve the benefit of a free consultation to know what you are up against when you walk into Edison Municipal Court. So call our attorneys for a review of the facts surrounding your case, as well as some helpful legal advice.