There doesn’t have to be any bodily injury in order to be charged with harassment.
What is Harassment in Larimer County?
In order to be charged with Harassment in Larimer County, the government must prove that you, with the “intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person”:
- Strike, shove, kick, or otherwise touch a person or subject him to physical contact; or
- In a public place direct obscene language or make an obscene gesture at another person; or
- Follow a person in or about a public place; or
- Initiate communication with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone or computer in a manner intended to harass or threaten bodily injury or property damage, or make any comment request, suggestion or proposal that is obscene; or
- Make a telephone call or causes a telephone to ring repeatedly, whether or not conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation; or
- Make repeated communications at inconvenient hours that invade the privacy of another and interfere in the use and employment of another’s home or private residence or private property; or
- Repeatedly insult, taunt, challenge, or make communication in an offensive, coarse language, to another person in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.
Harassment is Easily Charged in Larimer County
As you can see, it is very easy to be charged with Harassment in Fort Collins, Loveland or Wellington. If you repeatedly make phone calls to your girlfriend in an attempt to get back together, you could be charged with Harassment. Or, if you simply shove someone during a bar fight, you could be charged. Because of this, it is vital that you work with an experienced harassment defense attorney in Larimer County.
Harassment and Domestic Violence in Larimer County
Domestic Violence – C.R.S. 18-6-800.3 (DV) is often added to charges of harassment. DV is a label that can be attached to any criminal offense in Larimer County. You will be charged with both Harassment and Domestic Violence if you commit any of the acts above against a person with whom you have had an intimate relationship. A Domestic Violence Harassment conviction is very damaging to your future; you could lose your firearms rights, just as if you had been charged with Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-203.
The Sentence for Harassment in Larimer County
Harassment is either a class 1 or class 3 misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances of the offense. Your sentence could vary from paying a fine to spending 18 months in the Larimer County Jail. No matter which class, if you receive a conviction of Harassment, it will negatively affect your life. In every criminal case, a Restraining / Protection Order is issued that will greatly limit your freedom.
It Is Vital that You Hire an Experienced Harassment Defense Attorney in Larimer County
There are many negative effects of a Harassment conviction: Many employers in Colorado will not hire someone who has a conviction of Harassment out of fear that the applicant could be a danger to co-workers. You could lose your right to bear arms. Because of this, it is very important that you work with an experienced harassment defense attorney to fight on your behalf in court. There are many ways in which we can defend you and protect your freedoms and rights. Often, we use affirmative defenses in court to prove that you had legal justification for the contact you had with the alleged victim. When the case is over, we are able to work to seal your criminal record. Don’t lose hope because you have been charged with Harassment – work with an experienced harassment defense attorney in Larimer County.
If you or a loved one has been contacted by the Larimer County Sheriff or Fort Collins, Windsor or Loveland Police regarding accusations of harassment, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O’Malley Law Office at 970-658-0007, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.