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What is Harassment?

Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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Harassment involves knowingly threatening another without lawful authority. The crimes of harassment are defined under Title 9A.46 of the Revised Code of Washington.

Under Washing State law, Harassment occurs when a person knowingly threatens:

• To cause bodily injury to another person, immediately or in the future.

• To cause physical damage to the property of another person.

• To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint.

• Maliciously to do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety. RCW 9A.46.020(1)(a)(i)-(iv).

For harassment to occur it is necessary that “the person by words or conduct places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out.” RCW 9A.46(1)(b). “Words or conduct” includes any form of communication, including e-mail or other electronic communications.

Harassment is a gross misdemeanor unless the threat is a threat to kill or the person making the threat has a prior conviction for threatening the same victim or this victim’s family―in those cases harassment is a class C felony.

Harassment is actually a difficult crime to be charged with. Usually there is no physical evidence to prove or disprove the allegation. Most often harassment charges and whether a threat was actually made hinges solely on testimony from an alleged victim. Padula & Associates attorneys have successfully negotiated dismissal of felony harassment charges. We have also successfully litigated these charges. Call us now at 425-883-3366 for a free consultation if you are facing harassment charges. We answer the phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

For over 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, Pierce County, Lewis County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive criminal defense services.